Five keys for Evgeny Gradovich

Plotting a path to victory against 126-pound titlist Billy Dib on 'Friday Night Fights'

Originally Published: February 27, 2013
By Bernardo Pilatti | ESPNdeportes.com

When he least expected it, Russia's Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs) was presented with the opportunity that every fighter dreams of: to fight for a world title. In the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" in Mashantucket, Conn. (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2), Gradovich will challenge featherweight titlist Billy Dib (35-1, 21 KOs) of Australia.

Gradovich, who turned pro in 2010 and is being trained by the highly regarded Robert Garcia, is nicknamed "The Mexican Russian" due to his resilience, ...

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