Super featherweight contender Billel Dib
By Anthony Cocks
WBA number eight super featherweight contender Billel ‘Babyface’ Dib 24-3 (11) is looking forward to returning to the ring as soon as possible and his next fight could take place in the US.
The 31-year-old Australian suffered a setback in his career when he dropped back-to-back decisions to Yuandale Evans and Bruno Tarimo in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
But like a true champion Dib walked straight into a rematch with Tarimo to win by virtual shutout. Dib has logged two victories since against experienced Filipinos Rey Juntilla and Carlo Magali.
The Fighting Accountant joined us to go 15 fast-paced rounds.
Round 1: What attracted you to boxing in the first place?
Dib: The first time I ever fell in love with the sport I was in Hong Kong as a child watching Prince Naseem and fell in love straight away.
Round 2: Toughest fight in the amateurs or pros?
Dib: My toughest fight was probably early in my career for my first Australian title. I had only four amateurs and it was my eighth pro fight. Boxing wasn’t working, so I adjusted, put pressure on and took control against a tough South Korean.
Round 3: Biggest puncher you’ve faced?
Dib: Probably Yuandale Evans.
Round 4: What are the best and worst thing about being a boxer?
Dib: The worst thing is probably having to deal with the politics involved with the sport, best thing about the sport is the sport itself. It’s a beautiful science and I love it. There’s nothing more satisfying than walking down an opponent knowing you’re in control.
Round 5: What is your most defining win of your career?
Dib: Maybe not most defining but my favourite win was my first fight in America in New York [against Jose Salinas]. It was always a dream to fight overseas so it was just so satisfying.
Round 6: What are your goals for the next 12 months?
Dib: Well I can’t say too much just yet, but God willing I will be back in the states very, very soon. We have some things in the works at the moment and it’s looking more promising than ever. I want a world title, and God willing I will not stop until I get it, which I know I can. I have put everything into this sport and I dedicate myself 100%. I will be champion.
Round 7: What are some your hobbies away from the ring?
Dib: I love soccer and I love getting on the water on the boat and jet ski. It’s so peaceful just to cruise through the ocean, it takes you to another place.
Round 8: Who is always ringside for you fights?
Dib: My father and brothers.
Round 9: Who has been biggest influence on your career?
Dib: My father. I would never be where I am today without him. He grinds and works tirelessly getting things done for me.
Round 10: What fight have you learnt the most from?
Dib: Probably Yuandale Evans, it taught me not to take anything for granted. I went into the fight with two major injuries and just thought I’d still be able to cruise to a win and get surgery afterwards.
Round 11: What is something our readers would be surprised to learn about you?
Dib: I’m an accountant, I love working with numbers when I’m not in the gym.
Round 12: Do you have any superstitions or rituals you follow in the lead-up to fight night?
Dib: I’m a practicing Muslim so just my prayers and faith in God.
Round 13: What is your favourite post-fight feed?
Dib: Everything and anything; donuts, lollies and whatever else can fit!
Round 14: Why would we find you when you’re away from the gym?
Dib: I’m a homebody, I love spending time with my children.
Round 15: If you weren’t boxing, what would you be doing?
Dib: I’d be an accountant. I’ve also finished half a law degree, so I’d probably just be a forensic accountant.