Australian boxer Billy Dib has announced he is in remission after being diagnosed with cancer four months ago.
The 37-year-old former world champion told A Current Affair only last week, “This is an invisible opponent… that I can’t see”.
“I’m determined to beat this invisible opponent because I’m determined to walk my son to school in a couple years time,” Dib said.
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He had a stomach tumour removed initially, but was later rushed back to hospital and diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s, Burkitt lymphoma cancer.
“It’s a fast growing cancer and it’s attacking his lymph as we speak’,” his wife, Berry, told ACA.
But on Monday, Dib tweeted news the Australian sporting community had been hoping to hear.
“I received the most beautiful news today,” he said.
“My scan came back clear of cancer.
“I am so grateful, blessed, happy and relieved.”
Dib, from Sydney, has not fought for four years now, but holds a career record of 48-6 , with 27 of his wins coming via knockout.
He was the IBF featherweight world champion from 2011 to 2013, and the IBO super-featherweight champion in 2008.
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