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Andre Dirrell (born September 7, 1983) is an American professional boxer who held the IBF interim super middleweight title from 2017 to 2018. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2004 Olympics. His younger brother Anthony Dirrell is also a professional boxer.

Andre Dirrell
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Matrix
  • The Resurrected
Weight(s)Super middleweight
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983 (age 36)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights29
Wins26
Wins by KO16
Losses3

Amateur careerEdit

Dirrell and his younger brother Anthony began boxing while still in elementary school in their hometown of Flint, Michigan. The brothers have been trained from the beginning by grandfather Leon "Bumper" Lawson Sr., a former sparring partner of Muhammad Ali, and uncle Leon Jr.[1]

Dirrell was a standout as an amateur and won the 2003 United States national amateur championships at middleweight. He also competed at the 2003 Pan American Games, with his results being:

He qualified for the Olympic Games by finishing in first place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tijuana, Mexico. Prior to the Athens Games he won the 2004 Acropolis Boxing Cup in Athens, Greece by defeating Cuba's Yordanis Despaigne in the final of the middleweight division.

He won the middleweight bronze medal for the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. His results were:

Dirrell completed an amateur record of 210–26.

Professional careerEdit

Dirrell began his professional career in 2005. A southpaw possessing exceptional athleticism and the ability to switch-hit, he was considered among boxing's top young prospects following an extensive amateur career. Dirrell defeated future world title challenger Curtis Stevens on HBO's Boxing After Dark in June 2007.

Super Six World Boxing ClassicEdit

Dirrell was one of the six super-middleweights who competed in Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic, a boxing tournament, along with Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor. His first fight and only loss was against England's Carl Froch on October 18 for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship.[3][4][5][6] Two of the judges scored the fight 115-112 for Froch, with the third scoring it 114-113 for Dirrell.[7]

On March 27, 2010, Dirrell faced undefeated former Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham in Detroit, Michigan. In the fourth round, Dirrell knocked Abraham down for the first time in his career. Dirrell was outboxing Abraham throughout the bout and comfortably ahead on the scorecards 97-92, 98-91, and 97-92. In the 11th round, a slick spot in the corner of the ring caused Dirrell to slip to one knee. While down, Abraham delivered a punch to the chin of Dirrell; a delayed reaction was followed by Dirrell lying on the ground, unconscious and shaking. The referee ruled the blow by Abraham an intentional foul and awarded Dirrell a victory via disqualification. Some critics contested the ending of the fight, claiming that Dirrell may have overreacted after Abraham's final punch.[8][9] However, Dirrell said he was really knocked out and did not know what happened after he fell down.

On October 7, 2010, Dirrell declined to face his friend and eventual Super Six tournament winner Andre Ward, and announced that he was withdrawing from the tournament due to neurological issues.[10]

After Super SixEdit

Dirrell took a 21-month layoff to heal from the neurological injuries sustained in the Abraham fight. Dirrell defeated Darryl Cunningham via second-round technical knockout.[11]

Thirteen months after that, Dirrell made a return to the ring with a unanimous decision win against Michael Gbenga after knocking him down in round 9.[12]

Andre was set to headline Friday Night Fights on April 12, 2013, but withdrew for undisclosed reasons.

Eighteen months after the Gbenga fight, Dirrell returned to score a fifth-round KO against Vladine Biosse.[13]

On May 23, 2015 Andre Dirrell fought against British star James DeGale at the Agganis Arena in Boston. DeGale gained two knockdowns in the second round, which proved to be the difference as he won a unanimous decision over Dirrell to win a 168-pound world title. DeGale won 114-112 on two judges’ scorecards and 117-109 on the third.[14]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
29 fights 26 wins 3 losses
By knockout 16 1
By decision 8 2
By disqualification 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
29 Loss 26–3   José Uzcátegui RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Mar 3, 2018   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost IBF interim super middleweight title
28 Win 26–2   José Uzcátegui DQ 8 (12), 3:00 May 20, 2017   MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. Won vacant IBF interim super middleweight title;
Uzcátegui disqualified for hitting after the bell
27 Win 25–2   Blake Caparello UD 10 Apr 29, 2016   Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
26 Loss 24–2   James DeGale UD 12 May 23, 2015   Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. For vacant IBF super middleweight title
25 Win 24–1   Derek Edwards UD 12 Dec 19, 2014   Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
24 Win 23–1   Nick Brinson TKO 4 (10), 2:12 Oct 8, 2014   Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
23 Win 22–1   Vladine Biosse TKO 5 (10), 2:46 Aug 1, 2014   Little Creek Casino Hotel and Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.
22 Win 21–1   Michael Gbenga UD 10 Feb 2, 2013   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
21 Win 20–1   Darryl Cunningham TKO 2 (10), 2:05 Dec 30, 2011   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
20 Win 19–1   Arthur Abraham DQ 11 (12), 1:13 Mar 27, 2010   Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Super Six World Boxing Classic: group stage 2;
Abraham disqualified for hitting after a slip
19 Loss 18–1   Carl Froch SD 12 Oct 17, 2009   Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, England For WBC super middleweight title;
Super Six World Boxing Classic: group stage 1
18 Win 18–0   Derrick Findley RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Mar 28, 2009   Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Victor Oganov TKO 6 (12), 0:28 Nov 1, 2008   Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO interim super middleweight title
16 Win 16–0   Mike Paschall TKO 4 (10), 1:32 Aug 2, 2008   Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Anthony Hanshaw TKO 5 (10), 1:13 May 2, 2008   Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Shannon Miller TKO 3 (6), 1:58 Dec 6, 2007   Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   William Johnson KO 3 (8), 2:03 Feb 1, 2008   Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Curtis Stevens UD 10 Jun 16, 2007   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Kenny Kost UD 8 Feb 16, 2007   Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Cullen Rogers TKO 3 (8), 1:19 Dec 22, 2006   Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   James Sundin TKO 2 (6), 2:33 Nov 17, 2006   Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Marcus Don Hall TKO 3 (6), 1:57 Jun 23, 2006   Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Alfonso Rocha UD 6 May 25, 2006   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Mike Eatmon UD 6 Apr 21, 2006   Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Juan Camacho KO 2 (4), 2:42 Aug 18, 2005   HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Carl Cockerham UD 6 Apr 15, 2005   Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights, Washington, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Jacob Rodriguez KO 2 (4), 1:12 Mar 10, 2005   Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Walter Coles KO 1 (4), 2:16 Feb 11, 2005   Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Carlos Jones TKO 4 (4), 2:50 Jan 27, 2005   Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.premierboxingchampions.com/andre-dirrell
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Andre Dirrell – Boxer Archived June 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ Starks, Tim (October 17, 2009). "Andre Dirrell Gets Robbed By Carl Froch In Nottingham; Arthur Abraham Gives Jermain Taylor Another Knockout Loss In Germany | October | 2009 Articles". Queensberry-rules.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Barry McGuigan Says Andre Dirrell Beat Carl Froch, Also Predicts A Dirrell Win Over Arthur Abraham!". Eastsideboxing.com. October 24, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Kevin Mitchell (October 18, 2009). "Carl Froch holds off Andre Dirrell in WBC super-middleweight title defence". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 19, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Reeno, Rick (March 29, 2010). "Allan Green: "Andre Dirrell Could Have Continued"". BoxingScene.com.
  9. ^ Vester, Mark (April 9, 2010). "Arthur Abraham's Team File Protest on Andre Dirrell Loss". BoxingScene.com.
  10. ^ "Andre Dirrell pulls out of Super Six tournament: Will he ever fight again?". Boxingnews24.com. October 7, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Full Report: Taylor-Nicklow, Dirrell-Cunningham". Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Andre Dirrell returns to winning ways". Swelterwear.com. February 4, 2013. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "Andre Dirrell wins FNF return, calls out Carl Froch". badlefthook.com. August 1, 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.premierboxingchampions.com/news/james-degale-does-early-damage-win-over-andre-dirrell

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Julius Fogle
U.S. middleweight champion
2003
Next:
James Johnson
Regional boxing titles
New title WBONABO
super middleweight champion
Interim title

November 1, 2008 – March 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Edison Miranda
World boxing titles
New title IBF super middleweight champion
Interim title

May 20, 2017 – March 3, 2018
Succeeded by
José Uzcátegui