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Evgeny Gradovich to face Billy Dib

Updated: February 5, 2013, 6:41 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Evgeny Gradovich of Russia has agreed to step in on short notice to challenge featherweight titlist Billy Dib.

Dib was due to face Luis Franco on March 1 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., and headline a "Friday Night Fights" card on ESPN2 that is being promoted by rapper 50 Cent -- Dib's promoter -- and Lou DiBella.

However, Franco, who verbally had agreed to the deal, later refused to sign the bout agreement, abruptly pulling out of the fight last week and saying he ...

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