Boxing: Russian Gradovich takes IBF featherweight title

Evgeny Gradovich scored a split decision win over Australia's Billy Dib to take the International Boxing Federation featherweight title Friday.

Russia's Gradovich, who improved to 16-0, landed a strong left hook to face of Dib, stunning him. Dib, who was bloodied from the left hook, dropped to 35 wins and two losses.

Both fighters had a point deducted in the eighth round but Gradovich won by scores of 114-112 on two scorecards. One judge scored the fight 114-112 in favour of Dib.

Gradovich chose to fight the Australian after Luis Franco pulled out of the bout a month ago because of a dispute with his promoter.