“I’m a completely different beast to the boy that last fought on U.S. soil. I’m an exciting, more complete fighter. I’m unbeaten in 14 fights, knocked out 11 of the 14 opponents, and I’m now the IBF champion of the world…I’m excited to come back to show people how I have developed. I know people will be amazed to see my transformation. I will conquer boxing in the U.S. if given the opportunity. Trust me…I just can’t wait to show the networks that I am now the most exciting featherweight or super featherweight in the world right now. All I need is the opportunity now,” stated IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib, who talked about a potential December 1 clash with Jayson Velez, his future plans, and much more.
SS: Hi Billy. Thanks for getting in touch. How are things?
BD: Everything is great. I’m healthy and happy; a tremendous blessing from God.
SS: 50 Cent has been letting out a few revelations lately regarding the direction of his fighters. He announced his intentions to see you take on Jayson Velez on December 1. Can you shed some light on that situation?
BD: I’m ready for any challenges ahead. Velez is awkward and dangerous. He is unbeaten with an impressive knockout percentage. He’s a young lion with a dream. His only problem facing me is he’s up against the lion tamer that will prove to be his nightmare.
SS: New York City, the Big Apple, on the undercard of Cotto vs. Trout. Big stage. Is there anything you feel you need to do differently in your preparations for your return to the U.S. after 4 years?
BD: I’m a completely different beast to the boy that last fought on U.S. soil. I’m an exciting, more complete fighter. I’m unbeaten in 14 fights, knocked out 11 of the 14 opponents, and I’m now the IBF champion of the world.
SS: After speaking with you before upon signing with 50 cent, you spoke about how eager you were to get into the ring. Now that the contract situation is sorted, how excited are you to be making your U.S. return?
BD: I’m excited to come back to show people how I have developed. I know people will be amazed to see my transformation. I will conquer boxing in the U.S. if given the opportunity. Trust me.
SS: Regarding the choice of opponent, what do you know about Velez and what he offers besides being unbeaten in 19 fights?
BD: Like I said, he’s strong and awkward. I need to be at my best to beat him and that will be too much for him. My skills are too superior to his in every department.
SS: Who else was mentioned to you as a possible choice for the December 1 date, or was Velez the only option on the table?
BD: Not interested in who they put in front of me. I don’t take part in those debates. I live a Gladiator existence. I’m in my cage, always fit and ready. Once they open my cage, I know it’s time to fight, regardless of who they put in front of me. Unfortunately for Velez, it appears to be him facing me in the Colosseum.
SS: Do you think Velez has been chosen to assess how you adapt to training and fighting in the U.S. in preparation for title unification bouts, as I’m sure you are hoping for bigger fights?
BD: Like most Champs, I want the best fights out there, no doubt. I don’t believe there is a featherweight or super featherweight out there that can beat me. If it were up to me, I would want to fight Mayweather wannabe Adrien Broner. I truly believe the guy is over-rated. He keeps saying that anyone CAN get it. Well, I want it. I’m going to expose him, trust me.
SS: How soon do you think you can start headlining cards in the U.S. against the best guys in your division?
BD: You know how the sport is run. Too much politics and nonsense going on. I’ll keep improving and dominating people they put in front of me and my big days will come.
SS: I respect the fact you don’t want to get drawn into the war between 50 and Floyd, as it is their business. Leanord Ellerbe was very complimentary of you. Did Floyd or Leanord offer you any advice, and was Floyd a big factor in your decision to sign with TMT at the time?
BD: All those people you mention are amazing people. They have all showed me tremendous love. And of course Floyd was a big decision why I joined TMT, but so was 50. You’ve got the best boxer alive and the best Hip Hop artist showing interest in you. That’s inspiring and uplifting to my spirits. Now, I’m motivated to repay that belief they had in me with amazing performances in the ring.
SS: A short while ago, you were involved in a brief Twitter war with Celestino Caballero and his camp. Were there ever any talks of you and Celestino stepping in the ring in the near future?
BD: It was disappointing to hear Caballero boast about a sparring session we had in public, which is a sign of insecurity. Firstly, he didn’t dominate the sparring session as he claims, and I will tell you right now he does not faze me at all.
SS: Speaking of Twitter beef (laughing), have there been any words exchanged between you and Adrien Broner recently?
BD: Like I said, I believe Broner is a fake ass. I wanna be the one to expose him. He says he would fight me, but that’s all he does…talk. Send the contract and lets get this fight made. I guarantee you, Broner and his people will come up with the usual excuses why they don’t want to fight me. If he truly wants to fight me, we can do it in a public car park if he wishes. I’m sick of the BS. Its frustrating. I want Broner and I’m going to beat his ass. Remember this!
SS: Has there been any sort of advanced plans for your next fight after Dec 1?
BD: No, we are completely focused on the task ahead.
SS: So With this Velez fight being inevitable, what training plans have been made, like when are you planning to arrive in the U.s., where are you looking to train, and what length of camp?
BD: I’m in camp already. I’m fit, sharp, and ready to rumble. I worked with Michael Katsidis today, which I appreciated. He’s a true warrior of the ring and I’m thankful that he lives in Australia to assist me in my preparation. We are planning to arrive to the U.S. 10 days prior to the fight to acclimate and be ready.
SS: I’m sure you were as saddened as everybody else with the news of Manny Steward’s death. Did you have any personal memories of the great man?
BD: I met Manny, man, years ago when I boxed in Atlantic city. I know of him more through my trainer, Billy Hussein, and my good friend Prince Naseem, who was trained by the great man. They all say he was a boxing genius. I always enjoyed his analysis of fights in televised commentary. He surely will be missed.
SS: Appreciate your time Billy. Is there anything you wish to add?
BD: I just can’t wait to show the networks that I am now the most exciting featherweight or super featherweight in the world right now. All I need is the opportunity now.