“This Is Bigger Than a World Title”: Boxing Community Reacts as Former Champion Announces “Last Day of Chemo”

Published 02/11/2023, 9:00 AM EST

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Former IBF Featherweight title holder from Australia, Bilal Dib, is a true fighter. He reportedly took to boxing at age twelve to stave off asthma, which he had suffered from since childhood. So much so that before he went professional, his amateur record stood at ninety-eight wins out of 113 fights! Debuting in 2004, he’s fought fifty-six career bouts, out of which he won forty-eight.

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Twenty-seven of the victories were knockouts. In 2008, he grabbed the IBO Featherweight title and followed it with the IBF belt in 2011. He remained the IBF champion for the next two years till Evgeny Gradovich dethroned him.

Bilal Dib shares the details of his fight against Cancer

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Tragedy struck the talented boxer when, in 2015, his wife Sara passed away battling Cancer. Then earlier in last October, he took to social media to share with fans and followers news of his illness. In a subsequent post, he said, “Cancer has picked the wrong opponent. I have too much to live for.

He has been undergoing treatment ever since. Now, Dib took to his Twitter handle today and shared that it would be the last day of his chemotherapy. The born fighter thanked almighty Allah for all the blessings.

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Soon many fans, happy to have come across such fantastic news, poured their hearts out.

Fans and supporters joined in to cheer the former champion

While praising almighty Allah, one mentioned that Dib’s recovery weighs more than any title shot! After all, now he stands a better chance to see the world.

 city_915 took to boxing to boost the former champion’s morale, urging the latter to continue fighting. He told Dib to trash away cancer somewhere far away by aiming a body shot and then delivering a ‘left hook to the head!’

@Tommy_gunnnnnn wished Dib all the best for better results in days to come.

Finally, @leehall520 told Dib that he is a champion in every sense, someone who never gives up.

 

@ubox59 joked that the former champion’s struggle inspired him to believe that he’s turned into Billy Dib and that he can now face any fighter in the Fight Night Round 2 game.

@javs808 motivated and urged his friend Dib to continue with his journey. 

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The former champion has faced many professional and personal setbacks in life. But he reportedly missed a shot at the Olympics due to a road accident. Born to a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother, he seems to have refused to join the Olympic team from Lebanon. It might have complicated matters if, by happenstance, he faced someone from Australia. However, the legendary boxer Prince Naseem Ahmed inspired him to try a hand at the professional circuit.

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Jaideep R Unnithan

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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.
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