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‘None of the big names want him’: New twist in one of Aussie boxing’s biggest feuds

‘None of the big names want him’: New twist in one of Aussie boxing’s biggest feuds

Australian fight favourite Billy Dib says George Kambosos will soon have no choice but to throw down with his younger brother, stressing: “None of the big names in boxing want him”.

In an intriguing new twist to one of Australia’s older boxing feuds, Dib says he has already reached out to Team Kambosos regarding a domestic headliner involving the former lightweight king and his younger brother, Youseff.

Speaking with Fox Sports Australia this week, the now Main Event commentator insisted the showdown could definitely take place this year if brother ‘Uwee’ upsets Liam Wilson in Wednesday’s stacked No Limit Pay-Per-View.

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While all the talk this past week has centered around Wilson moving up to lightweight and chasing a Kambosos showdown, Dib insists it will be his brother who scores the upset over a “vulnerable” rival.

In 22 professional appearances, Youssef Dib has only lost once and most recently stopped New Zealander Nort Beauchamp in March.

His brother also suggested Kambosos now has “nowhere else to go” but an all-Australian headliner after losing three of his past four fights – against Vasiliy Lomachenko and Devin Haney, twice.

Dib added that he has also started discussions with Kambosos’s US agent Lou DiBella about a potential bout later this year.

The showdown would continue a long-running rivalry between the Dib family and Kambosos, who for some time called out the popular Sydneysider who rose to fame as IBF featherweight champ.

In 2016, Dib and Kambosos also made headlines over a backstage altercation at a Sydney fight night event, with both camps offering different accounts to how things played out.

Kambosos, apparently, was backstage to support good mate Todd Carney, and readying to walk out with him to the ring for a fight against Chris Sandow when he and Dib crossed paths.

While accounts of what took place differ greatly, with some suggesting punches were thrown, Dib insists the pair have since “buried the hatchet” and are now “definitely sweet”.

“But this is boxing and George Kambosos is a big name,” he said with a grin. “So if we can get ourselves that fight, why not?”

Youssef Dib.
Youssef Dib.Source: News Corp Australia

Apart from his own longtime rivalry with Kambosos, Dib reminded that ‘Uwee’ also came close to upsetting the former lightweight king way back in their amateur days.

All of which adds even more intrigue to his impending showdown with Wilson, a two-time super featherweight title challenger who is now moving up for the sole purpose of a Kambosos fight.

Yet ‘Billy The Kid’ insists it will be his brother who wins that opportunity inside Wollongong Entertainment Centre.

“Because Liam has shown a lot of vulnerability,” Dib said of the fighter who recently suffered world title losses against Oscar Valdez and Emmanuel Navarrete.

“The smaller guys have been knocking him out.

“Both Navarrete and Valdez have done a job on Liam while three years ago Joe Noynay iced him too.

“Then in the rematch, I don’t know what happened there but Joe seemed to take a bit of a dive.

“Obviously Liam has great power, checkmate power.

“But if you get past that you can drown him in the later rounds and I think that’s exactly what my brother is going to do.”

And as for what happens with a win?

“Sets up a showdown with George Kambosos, no doubt,” he continued.

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“George has nowhere else to go.

“None of the big names in world boxing want to fight George because he’s coming off what is effectively four losses.

“I know he got that gift in the IBO world title fight (a contentious win against Englishman Maxi Hughes), but he really is on the rebuild.

“And I know speaking with Lou DiBella — who is a good friend of mine — that George will be looking to rebuild and so there is definitely an opportunity there for an all-Australian showdown.

“I’ve told Lou what the situation is and he’s said to me ‘get your brother to win and we’ll go from there’.”

Despite their undeniable confidence in fight week, Team Dib were visibly shocked at Tuesday’s weigh-in when Uwee came in almost half-a-kilo over the lightweight limit.

However, the Sydneysider was then given the mandatory two hours to go make weight, which he did – with a No Limit staffer confirming his second attempt was “right on the button”.

Elsewhere, and when asked how things were these days between himself and Kambosos, Billy Dib stressed the two popular Aussie fighters were both done with feuding.

“We’ve buried the hatchet,” Dib stressed.

“George is a father, a good guy and is out there working for his family.

“But this is also boxing and he’s a big name, so if we can get him why not?