Billy Dib used to walk out to 50 Cent’s music as an up-and-comer, now the featherweight titleholder will be accompanied by the rapper, who is his promoter, when he walks to the ring to defend his IBF belt against Evgeny Gradovich in the main event of this week’s Friday Night Fights.
IBF featherweight titleholder Billy Dib says he is “disappointed and shocked” by the news that Luis Franco has withdrawn from their scheduled March 1 Friday Night Fights main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
Yuriorkis Gamboa and his promoter, 50 Cent, spoke to the media after Gamboa beat tough Michael Farenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 undercard. 50 Cent, who spoke about Pacquiao-Mayweather, wants Adrien Broner for Gamboa.
Yuriorkis Gamboa rose from a ninth-round knockdown after twice dropping Michael Farenas on the way to Saturday night’s unanimous decision for the WBA’s interim junior lightweight belt.
Yuriorkis Gamboa lost the last 15 months of his career due to promotional strife but the undefeated Cuban standout hasn’t lost any confidence and is motivated to return to his winning ways against Michael Ferenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV pay-per-view undercard.
Rapper-turned-promoter 50 Cent envisions a clash between former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa and lightweight sensation Adrien Broner, and says he’s the man who can make Mayweather-Pacquiao happen.
If southpaw Michael Farenas lands, “that’ll be the end of the road” for Yuriorkis Gamboa, says Farenas’ promoter, Gerry Penalosa.
Rapper 50 Cent was granted a promoter’s license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although Floyd Mayweather Jr. is apparently no longer considered a partner in the company.
Rapper 50 Cent to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Twitter: “You should have know not to go against me PUNK.”
50 Cent has apparently split from Floyd Mayweather and moved ahead with two fighters he signed: Billy Dib, who may defend his featherweight belt under Cotto-Trout, and Yuriorkis Gamboa, who fights on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard.
Manny Pacquiao began training in Hollywood on Monday for his fourth clash with Juan Manuel Marquez, which is slated for Dec. 8 at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa could land on the Dec. 8 Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV card opposite Miguel Beltran Jr.
Rapper 50 Cent is reportedly considering a promotional venture with eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao.