WBO Oriental featherweight champion Lorenzo Villanueva, 18-0-0-1 NC (17), is scheduled to defend his title against the sleek and fast Australian Billy Dib, IBF #5 and WBA #12 ranked, at the Joondalup Arena in Perth, Western Australia on March 12.
The 25 year old “The Kid” Dib has a record of 30-1-01 NC with 18 knockouts. His only loss was in a WBO title fight to then champion Steven Luevano in Atlantic City on October 18, 2008 in a fairly close fight. Dib has stopped all of his opponents in his last six fights.
Dib holds the reputation of being a slick fighter who toys with his opponent inside the ring using his excellent movement and footwork, something that Villanueva lacks because the Filipino champion is known to be more a brawler than a technical fighter.
Villanueva, the 25 year old tall southpaw, won the WBO Oriental title with a 10th round TKO over veteran Eric Canoy on July 4, 2009.
Compared to Dib who has already campaigned in the United States and has fought for the world title against Steven Luevano, the boxer from Midsayap town in North Cotabato, has fought only in the Philippines.
Villanueva, however, is known to have a huge heart, granite chin and most of all power.
He scored two big wins last year with a 2nd round knockout of Eric Macas on February 14 and a 7th round TKO over world title challenger Balweg Bangoyan on August 1, 2010.
Given their contrasting styles, the Villanueva-Dib WBO Oriental championship is expected to be a classic match up between power and speed.
Well-known Victorian promoter and host of the popular TV show, “KO Boxing” in Australia, Peter Maniatis informed that Villanueva who will earn $US5,000 for his first fight abroad and be given three roundtrip tickets for himself, his manager and trainer.
The bout will be aired live on Australian TV hosted by sports commentator Peter Maniatis.
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