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Brunker manager Wilcock discusses bouts with Selby, Gradovich and Dib

Phil Jay 17/06/2014

Aussie featherweight contender Joel Brunker is patiently awaiting his opportunity to challenge the best in the division after being put forward by the IBF for a final eliminator against Lee Selby.

The 28 year-old, who has a perfect 27-fight record, is currently in negotiations with Selby’s promoter Eddie Hearn through his manager Adam Wilcock as reported by WBN last week, and hopes to land a world title shot against Evgeny Gradovich with a victory.

Champion Gradovich, 27, recently pushed his own C.V to 19-0 with a points win against Alexander Miskirtchian in Macau, but Wilcock sees a potentially bigger task for his fighter in earning a potential IBFclash against Welshman Selby.

“Gradovich brings toughness, but he’s beatable that’s for sure,” Wilcox told World Boxing News.

“In many ways the fight with Selby brings bigger challenges for Joel than that of a potential match-up with the champion.

“Gradovich is a true champion and has proven that with his performance against Miskirtchian following a demolition of Billy Dib ,but Joel relishes the opportunity to fight for the title and we believe he has the style and ability to beat the current champion.

On a future Australian super-fight with Dib, Wilcock added: “I believe that Billy Dib is to going to be stepping up to super-feather, but regardless of weight, it’s a fight that will always interest us,” confirmed Wilcox.

“A match-up between two top quality Australians is one that should get the public talking, but for now Selby is the only focus, and then Gradovich.

“After that, if Dib can still make featherweight then we’d look at it for sure,” he added.

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