RARELY in boxing do fighters exit the sport on their own terms.
Since turning professional just under fifteen years ago, former two-division titleholder Billy Dib has dictated the terms of his punch-for-pay career.
However, when the 33-year-old was unanimously outpointed by Tevin Farmer for the IBF super featherweight title last August, Dib called time, announcing his immediate retirement.
“At the end of the day, I just felt like I left on the wrong note,” he told Aus-Boxing.
“Evidently after our fight, I saw Tevin Farmer beat all these other guys, and beating them with ease. When he fought me, regardless that he won, he had to work for it.
“That just made me think that I pulled the pin too early. People have said the same to me since and I could’ve gotten bigger fights since. I want to end it on my terms.
“I knew first hand that Tevin was going to be a hard fight, especially coming off a robbery in his last fight. I know that feeling of being hungry, he was fighting for his life.
“I don’t take anything away from him. I wanted to win, but he had come from nothing. It was competitive in terms of him having to earn it, but not on the scorecards.
“He had to earn the win, full credit to him, he did that. He’s had it all his own way since.
“This proves where I’m at, even though I’m at the end of my career, but I’ve given him the best fight he’s had.”
Having made his return with first round knockout over late replacement Surachet Tongmala last month, Dib (now 44-5, 25 KOs) wants to finish his career with a high-profile fight abroad.
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Nothing compares to the feeling I get when I’m in my element preparing for combat. This past Friday I fought in what I believe will be my last ring outing on Australian soil, if a big opportunity on foreign shores arises than I will more than likely accomodate. With all respect I would love to face the likes of Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Scott quig or Robert Easter. That’s a short wish list.
Despite the option of domestic fights, Dib has made it clear that his days of fighting on home soil are over.
“The only fights that I’m interested in are overseas,” he explained.
“I don’t need to fight these younger guys, what I would like to do, if anything, is only fight against the established guys, the bigger names.
“Guys like Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, or even move up to lightweight for the right fight, like Robert Easter. People who have miles on their clock, who I can give a good fight to.
“I’m not going to be a stepping stone. Against these young guys, it’s a bit too much to chew off.”
While the final chapter of Dib’s career is yet to be written in full, the Sydney-based super featherweight understands that time is of the essence.
With that in mind, he plans to make the final leg of his storied journey a memorable one.
“Boxing is one of those sports is where you linger around, you can get hurt,” he concluded.
“I’m not going to be a stepping stone like others in the past, I would never allow that to happen to me. I know I’ve achieved a lot and I think I’ve done very well.
“Once the history books have been written, I will go down as one of the best fighters Australia has produced. I just want to test myself one last time.
“I won’t fight again in Australia, that’s done. I just want to travel abroad and try my hand at a couple of big fights.”
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