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Russian takes Dib's IBF belt

Evgeny Gradovich beat Billy Dib on a split decision on Friday night to take over the IBF featherweight title.

The Russian won the fight in Mashantucket, Connecticut, 114-112 on two cards against 114-112 for the Australian on the other.

Taking his record to 16-0, with 8 knockouts, Gradovich dealt Dib his second defeat in 37 professional fights, of which he won 21 by knockout.

The champion did well in the early rounds but Gradovich seemed to get the upper hand in the second half of the 12-rounder. Both fighters lost a point in the eighth round when they employed illegal tactics.

Dib was due to fight Luis Franco, who pulled out of the bout after a dispute with his manager and promoter.

Franco, with a record of 11-1; 7, would probably have been an easier opponent for the 27-year-old Dib, who suffered his only previous defeat in October 2008 when he was outpointed by Steve Luevano in a challenge for the WBO featherweight belt.

He won the vacant IBF belt when he beat Jorge Lacierva in July 2011 and has made successful defences against Alberto Servidei, whom he beat on points, and Eduardo Escobedo, who was stopped in the sixth round.

On the undercard, Willie Nelson retained his NABF junior middleweight title when he stopped Michael Medina in the first round to take his record to 20-1-1, with 12 knockouts. Medina’s fell to 26-4-2; 19.


Sapa-AFP reports that Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco beat Japan's Masayuki Kuroda on points to retain his WBA flyweight title in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Two judges scored it 117-111 and the other one had it 116-112, all in favour of the champion.

It was Reveco's third defence since he defeated Jean Piero Perez of Venezuela by a knockout to become the interim champion in June 2011.

The 29-year-old Reveco, who became the full champion after his second defence, improved his record to 30 wins, including 16 KOs, against one defeat.

It was the first attempt at a world title for Kuroda, ranked ninth by the WBA. His record dropped to 21 wins, including 13 KOs, against four defeats and two draws.


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