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“My angel forever”: Boxer Billy Dib opens up about his wife’s death from cancer at 21

The Australian boxing star, 30, is still reeling from the tragic loss of his wife Sara, 21, in September.

By Jody Phan
Nearly four months after losing the love of his life, world champion boxer Billy Dib is still coming to terms with the “raw” grief.
The pro boxer's wife was laid to rest at Sydney’s Rookwood cemetery last year, just eight weeks after she was diagnosed with leukaemia.
“It's still raw, it will always be. I suppose no one can understand this sort of grief until they suffer it,” Billy told The Daily Telegraph.
“There's no training that prepares you for this and no amount of praying, begging, pleading and crying changes the reality of the emptiness you feel,” he added.
"My best friend, my soul, my everything, my angel forever," Billy writes of his late wife Sara.
The couple moved forward their wedding following Sara’s diagnosis and were married in August.
“Sara was going to beat cancer and become an inspiration to others,” Billy wrote in a commentary published by SBS. “We planned that after the treatment, we were going to live the rest of our lives together, fulfill our plans and dreams, have our children.”
But sadly for the pair, Sara lost her battle with cancer weeks later.
Billy, who knew he was destined to be a boxer from the first time he put on a pair of gloves, says he still visits his wife’s grave every day.
“Every day I visit Sara, I am grateful because I was lucky enough to have her in my life, even if for too short a time,” Billy explained.
Billy paid a touching tribute to his soulmate on Facebook following her death.
“To God we belong and to God we shall return. At 11.30pm last night, my heart passed away. Sara Selim Dib, my best friend, my soul, my everything, my angel forever,” he shared at the time.

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