“The fight is not made yet,” said Arum. “But we’re trying to make it.”
Dib (35-1, 21 knockouts) was “disappointed and shocked” by the news of the withdrawal of Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs) from a scheduled bout that was slated for the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
Dib, who will be making the third defense of his belt, fights under rapper-turned-boxing-promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions and will be in his first fight in America since his lone professional defeat to Steven Luevano in 2008.
Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), who is 26, is coming off December’s seventh-round knockout victory over Willie Villanueva.
“Gradovich has fought on a number of our cards in California,” said Arum. “He’s a crowd-pleasing fighter because he’s an all-action fighter. The fans love him.”
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