In the course of the week it was introduced that Billy Dib would battle Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia for the newly minted WBC Welterweight Pearl title – no matter that’s – just for the WBC to withdraw the Pearl title and announce that the battle could be for his or her vacant Worldwide title.
Placing apart the truth that Khan has carried out nothing to deserve a shot at any type of title and is at present ranked 15 on this planet by the WBC and Dib will not be even ranked, my actual challenge is that the battle is happening in any respect, and governing physique will not be solely permitting it to happen however is actively selling it. What a farce.
Since 2014, Khan has fought on the welterweight restrict of 67 kilograms, constructing a Four-1 file and dropping solely to Terence Crawford, who’s broadly recognised as the very best within the division. In the course of the interval he was additionally spectacularly KO’d by Canelo Alvarez in ill-advised battle for the middleweight belts.
Billy Dib, however, is one battle again from retirement, during which he completely outclassed a boxer from Thailand with a file of 7-12 who ought to most likely think about a distinct profession. This battle was held on the super-featherweight restrict of 59 kilograms and because of this it isn’t solely irresponsible for Dib to be combating Khan, but in addition harmful.
Dib will likely be transferring up three weight divisions and the distinction the between the bounds is a full eight kilograms. Whereas that doesn’t sound loads to most individuals, in boxing it’s enormous.
I perceive that this can most likely be the largest payday of his profession, however whoever is advising him ought to have no matter boxing credentials they possess revoked.
Billy Dib is a cultured boxer who has competed on the highest degree of the feather and super-feather divisions however was simply not adequate to get to the very prime. He has all the time been weak in opposition to technical boxers who’ve been in a position to choose him off. In consequence, he has been stopped as soon as at feather and as soon as at super-feather.
Amir Khan has all the time relied on his technical boxing means slightly than energy, and most of his stoppages have come from sustained injury slightly than one punch KO’s. This makes the match-up with Dib a catastrophe ready to occur, particularly given the clear measurement distinction between the 2.
I hope that I’m incorrect, however I can see Dib getting critically harm on this battle and the blame will lay on the toes of those that ought to know higher and are entrusted to guard those that compete within the sport.