Yuandale Evans outpoints Billel Dib in hard-fought 10 rounder
Junior lightweight Yuandale Evans won a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Billel Dib Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
Evans improves to 19-0, with 14 knockouts, while Dib falls to 21-2, with 10 KOs.
Dib entered the fight as the favorite on paper. The cousin of former world titleholder Billy Dib and originally from Sydney, Australia, Dib is ranked number seven by the WBO and entered Friday’s bout having won 12 bouts in a row.
Evans, who is from the Cleveland area, did not fight for over three years after he was brutally knocked out by Javier Fortuna in April of 2012. Evans scored consecutive knockout wins over mediocre opposition in 2015.
But the southpaw Evans was the more effective fighter of the two during the bout, jabbing and connecting with overhand or straight left hands to the head of Dib, who failed in his attempt to outbox Evans.
All three judges scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Evans.
Charles Conwell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, was successful in his pro debut, knocking out Jeremiah Page in the opening round.
Page, who falls to 3-4, with 2 KOs, attempted to put Conwell on the defensive with wild hooks and crosses to start the fight, but the 19-year-old kept enough distance between him and Page. A left hook dropped Page to the canvas and he was counted out at 41 seconds.
Conwell will likely compete as a junior middleweight, as he tipped the scale at 154 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in.
Friday’s fight card was co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Tony Holden.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing