Jack Asis challenges Billy Dib to rematch for IBO title

“IF Billy Dib wants this, no worries, come get it,”

Pointing to his title belt, those were the words of IBO super featherweight champion Jack Asis, who answered with this in response to his manager Brendon Smith when the name Billy Dib was mentioned.

Smith sat down with Asis to discuss possible title defences and next opponents for the recently minted champion.

“I mentioned to Jack twice that Billy Dib himself has personally called me inquiring into a bout for Jack’s world title,” Smith said.

“Jack’s face lit up, it’s very obvious this is a fight he wants.”

“Billy has reached out to me on more than one occasion – and Jack wants it – so it’s up to Billy to make it happen.”

“It’s a super fight in our country,”

“Jack is the IBO champion and Dib is not only the former IBF titleholder but he is also the former IBO champion so here’s a chance for him to get his belt back.”

“This fight has so much appeal in Australia,” continued Smith. “Let’s do it I say,”

When the pair first fought five years ago, Asis accepted the fight with Dib on short notice in an eight round fight. Dib knocked out Asis in four rounds.

The bout was Asis’ third in 63 days, ranging from featherweight to welterweight.

“I never forget that fight with Billy,” Asis said. “It burns within me, I want this rematch.”

“Billy you call my manager and ask about fighting me – so I say to you – if you want my belt you come get it.”

“This time it will be different, no short notice, I will be ready and I will knock you out. I happy to give you a shot at my belt, if you beat me it’s yours.”

“I promise all fans this time be different than last time. We have show in Toowoomba on October 31, why not do it then?”

“First fight was in Wollongong in front of your fans, how bout you come to Toowoomba in front of my fans this time.

“But if you want to do it down there, sure why not, I don’t care where. As long as there is a ring, you and me, I don’t care about the rest.”

“I believe I will knock out Billy Dib,” Asis said.

A potential match up between Jack Asis and Billy Dib is a mouth watering prospect. Dib, 29, has forged a name for himself around the world and is well supported in Australia.

This was highlighted by the fact that Channel 9 broadcasted his recent loss to Takashi Muira in Japan on live free to air television all over Australia.

Dib will also be one of the commentators on this Friday night’s Footy Show Fight Night.

Asis, 32, has had a fairytale journey to his title belt and has captured the hearts of the country with his rags to riches story.

If a fight between Dib (39-4, 23 KOs) and Asis (34-18-5, 18 KOs) does eventuate there is plenty riding on the result for both men.

“It’s a dream match up,” Brendon Smith said. “We want it but does Billy? That’s the question we need answered,”

“He’s shown interest in the bout so there is optimism it can be a reality. If it’s in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne – wherever – this is a fight that needs to be shown to the Australian public.”

“I know how much Jack wants this fight and as his manager I’ll do all I can to make it happen,” Smith continued.

“Pick up the phone Billy, call my manager and lets make this fight happen,” added Asis. “I have something you want, so here it is come take it off me.”

“It’s showtime, I’m ready for Billy Dib.”

Words: Press Release
Photo: Milos Lekovic/Southside Studios



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