- Khan vs Dib goes down Friday, July 12th at 4:00 p.m. ET
- Can Dib pull off a monumental upset on short notice?
- Can Khan get back on track and resume his winning ways?
Amir Khan and Billy Dib will fight for the vacant World Boxing Council International Welterweight title on Friday, July 12th at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The prize fight has drawn criticism from many pundits as being a supremely lopsided bit of matchmaking, but is there some underdog betting intrigue to be found in this mismatch? Check out my fight breakdown below and decide for yourself.
Amir Khan vs Billy Dib Odds
*Odds taken 07/09/19
Khan vs Dib is a cobbled together bout after some unfortunate circumstance. Neeraj Goyat was Khan’s initial opponent but he sustained serious injuries in a car accident. Dib is showing great intestinal fortitude for taking a bout on a couple week’s notice against a former world champion and potential future hall of famer in Amir Khan.
Dib is jumping up two weight classes as the career featherweight takes on a former welterweight world champion in Khan.
There’s also the tremendous size disparity between the two. Dib is jumping up two weight classes as the career featherweight takes on a former welterweight world champion in Khan. All of these aforementioned factors are reflected in the fight odds.
Billy Dib certainly hasn’t been lacking in confidence ahead of this bout. Dib sees Khan as someone who has a declining skill set and he only thinks Amir Khan is fighting for money nowadays. Khan does seem to be angling for a future big money fight against Manny Pacquiao, but he also recently got a new trainer and seems to be making advances in his game. Per recent interviews, Khan is not overlooking Dib and sees him as a respected world champion-caliber adversary.
Amir Khan shows off his power with his new trainer. ? pic.twitter.com/DtMAh6ayoV
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) July 9, 2019
Khan is looking to get back on track after his loss to Terence Crawford. The loss was much criticized by boxing fans who felt that Khan opted to bow out of the fight early and exaggerated the extent of his injuries. Dib has the experience edge as well as championships at featherweight and super-featherweight for IBF and IBO respectively. But despite Dib’s titles, the strength of schedule Khan has had is far more impressive than that of Dib’s.
Khan vs Dib Tale of the Tape
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The undersized Australian sees opportunity in taking on the UK-based welterweight. Dib describes this welterweight foray as a one-off and he would need to fight a pugilist with a particular skill set to make a multi-weight class jump in competition. Dib sees Khan as the perfect welterweight to take on in this scenario.
Khan vs Dib has a storyline that’s akin to that of a Rocky movie. I just don’t see this one having a cinematic, fairy tale ending. I see Khan putting on a clinic here and securing a stoppage win inside of eight rounds.
Pick: Amir Khan (-2008)