Despite reports that he may be replaced, IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib still expects to be defending his title against undefeated contender Jayson Velez on the undercard of the December 1 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout. "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," Dib stated during a recent conversation with FightHype's Scott Smith. Over the weekend, however, sources informed Rick Reeno of Boxingscene.com that Showtime is not keen on the idea of televising Dib, who had a less-than-stellar showing in a previously televised unanimous decision loss to then-champion Steve Luevano in 2008. Naturally, it's a notion that Dib strongly disagrees with, and he continues to train with the expectation that the fight is still a go.
"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," Dib commented, making it clear that he's not the same fighter he was in 2008, when the phrase "unsightly style" was used to describe his performance. "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," he continued. "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."
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