“It was Munoz from Argentina, but for reasons best known to himself, he has decided to side step his opportunity at the title, so it now looks like Luis Franco as the next cab of the rank…Everyone in the game understands the reasons why. I got caught up in the crossfire of boxing politics. It wasn’t fair what Showtime did to me ’cause I’ve earned the right to showcase my skills on the big stage and they robbed me of that opportunity. What more can I say,” stated featherweight champion Billy Dib, who talked about his cancelled fight, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
SS: Hi Billy. How’s things?
BD: Things couldn’t be better. I’m the champion of the world. I’m healthy. I have a beautiful, supportive family. So yeah, things are just fine.
SS: Are you any closer to naming your next opponent, as you said it looks like it could be your mandatory challenger?
BD: It is my mandatory challenger. It was Munoz from Argentina, but for reasons best known to himself, he has decided to side step his opportunity at the title, so it now looks like Luis Franco as the next cab of the rank.
SS: What date are we looking at for your return?
BD: I believe late February.
SS: How frustrating was it to have the plug pulled on your last bout?
BD: It was only frustrating for the reason it was cancelled. I mean, the fight between Velez and Sanchez was a farce. The fans had every right to be disappointed. I would have made it an exciting battle against Velez and walked away with a KO victory.
SS: When we spoke previously, you said you were well underway with your training camp. Do you feel it will effect your preparations for your next fight after working hard then cutting your camp short?
BD: I’m a professional. I’m in the boxing game. Things happen that effect your preparation at times. It’s part of the job. I’m in the same boat as every other fighter.
SS: There were numerous stories as to why you never ended up fighting. Can you shed any light on what reasons you were given?
BD: Everyone in the game understands the reasons why. I got caught up in the crossfire of boxing politics. It wasn’t fair what Showtime did to me ’cause I’ve earned the right to showcase my skills on the big stage and they robbed me of that opportunity. What more can I say?
SS: 50 Cent made his promotional debut on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV card with Gamboa’s shaky, but victorious return. How impressed were you with the spectacle 50 Cent put on for Gamboa?
BD: I was really impressed. 50 Cent’s involvement in boxing is huge and should be supported and embraced. His cross audience appeal is exciting for boxing. He is a giant in the music industry and we can do with some of that audience.
SS: Speaking of that card, what did you make of Gamboa’s performance?
BD: Look, I was impressed with his performance considering he has been inactive for so long. He was a little reckless with his defense, but he showed the world he has a granite chin and is not a person to be messed with. I Like him.
SS: Has there been any talks over the possibility of you and Gamboa facing each other?
BD: No (laughing). As it stands, he’s my teammate and that’s the way it will be for now. I’m looking forward to working with him in our respective future preparations.
SS: Have you spoke to 50 regarding any flamboyant or entertaining entrances or promotional options for yourself leading up to fights? If so, can you share (laughing)?
BD: (Laughing) He’s the entertainer and I’ll leave that up to him. But I’m excited by what he does.
SS: A short while ago, you were embroiled in a Twitter war with Celestino. Is there any demand between the camps to get the fight on?
BD: I dodge nobody. I’m a fighter and I’m prepared to go into combat with whoever they put in front of me. As far as Celestino is concerned, I haven’t heard anything from anybody about a possible fight with him.
SS: Orlando Salido is squaring off against Miguel Angel Garcia in January. Who are you backing in that, and are you in the frame for a unification fight with the winner?
BD: I believe Garcia will win and I welcome a unification fight with him should he emerge victorious. He’s a good fighter and I want to test myself against the best fighters out there.
SS: Anything you wish to say to the fans to finish off?
BD: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I truly believe that under Billy Hussein, I have become the most exciting Featherweight in the world. All I need now is the opportunity to showcase my skills.