AMIR KHAN returned to winning ways in Saudi Arabia when he walloped a grotesquely overmatched Billy Dib into fourth round defeat to cap a beyond chaotic event inside Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City.
A knockdown in the second round highlighted the disparity in the pair’s fitness and size and, when Dib was decked again in the fourth, the Aussie’s corner wisely threw in the towel. In keeping with the fiasco, the towel was red and matched the colour of the canvas so referee Ian John Lewis failed to recognise it straight away.
Dib looked woefully out of his depth in the first round as he skedaddled away from Khan, taking a left and right that zipped from Khan’s shoulders and straight into the Aussie’s face. Dib – a career featherweight – hurled himself at the taller man in desperation and his whole body almost ended up on Khan’s shoulders. The sorry scene was set.
The 33-year-old Dib has been semi-retired since losing to Tevin Farmer in 2018 in a bid for a super-featherweight title, though he was at his best in the division below, where he held the IBF title from 2011 to 2013. That this bout came at welterweight – Dib’s walking-around-and-taking-life-easy weight though not his strip-down-to-the-waist-and-fight weight – was something of a joke.
There was some faith in Dib in the build-up, simply due to Khan’s obvious deterioration since he was knocked cold by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.