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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.

Boxing: Aussie Dib defends crown against unbeaten Russian

Australian Billy Dib defends the International Boxing Federation featherweight crown Friday against Russia's unbeaten Evgeny Gradovich, a fill-in replacement fighter hoping for an upset. Dib is 35-1 with 21 knockouts and has won 14 fights in a row, all in Australia, since suffering the only loss of his career in October of 2008, a unanimous 12-round decision to US southpaw Steve Luevano in Atlantic City.
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