Anthony Dirrell

Anthony Dirrell (born October 14, 1984) is an American professional boxer. He was a two-time WBC super middleweight champion, having held the title in 2019 and previously from 2014 to 2015. He is the younger brother of 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell, who is also a professional boxer.

Anthony Dirrell
Statistics
Nickname(s)The Dog
Weight(s)Super middleweight
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Reach74+12 in (189 cm)[1]
NationalityAmerican
Born (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 37)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins34
Wins by KO25
Losses2
Draws2

Professional careerEdit

Anthony Dirrell made his pro debut on January 27, 2005 against Henry Dukes. Dirrell stopped him in the first round. Dirrell had his next fight on February 11, 2005 against Dewayne Warren. Dirrell knocked Warren down twice in round one and twice again in round two. Dirrell won by TKO.

Dirrell had his third fight against Larry Brothers in which Dirrell won by TKO in the second round. Dirrell had his fourth fight against Mike Walthier knocking him out in the first round.

Dirrell had his fifth fight against Gabriel Rivera on August 13, 2005. Though Rivera was unbeaten in four fights, Dirrell won by TKO in the second. Dirrell had his sixth fight against Kevin Butts in which Dirrell knocked him out in the first round.

Dirrell had his seventh fight against Chris Grays in which Dirrell won by TKO in the first round. Dirrell had his eighth fight against Juan Carlos Ramos in which Dirrell won by TKO in the first round.

Dirrell had his ninth fight against James Morrow on June 23, 2006 in which Dirrell won by TKO in the first round. Dirrell won this fight in impressive fashion as he first knocked down Morrow with a huge right hand to the head, then followed up with a flurry in which Dirrell hit Morrow with a perfect left hook to the body which blew Morrow's mouthpiece out. Dirrell's tenth fight was against Billy Thompson in which he won by unanimous decision in 6 rounds.

On April 24, 2015 Anthony Dirrell debuted with Premier Boxing Champions vs. Badou Jack at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.[2]

Dirrell vs. BikaEdit

Following a 23 fight win streak, Dirrell earned the opportunity to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Middleweight title. He recorded his 24th consecutive victory with a win over Renan St-Juste, when his opponent could not continue due to a shoulder injury. After another pair of wins, on December 12, 2013, Dirrell faced champion Sakio Bika at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the title. After 12 rounds, the judges ruled the fight a draw.

On August 16, 2014, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Dirrell faced Bika in a championship rematch. After another 12 rounds, the judges awarded the fight and the title to Dirrell by unanimous decision.

Dirrell vs. JackEdit

Dirrell's next fight was on April 24, 2015 against Badou Jack at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Challenger Jack handed Dirrell his first full-fledged loss with a majority decision that saw the 31-year-old Swede control the fight through the middle rounds, relying on a strong jab and a confident aggression to outpoint Dirrell and win a majority decision victory.[3]

WBC contention, injuryEdit

After Badou Jack vacated the WBC super middleweight title, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman ordered Dirrell to face Callum Smith for the vacant belt. Following Smith's entry into the World Boxing Super Series, it was announced the fight for the vacant title would be between Dirrell and David Benavidez.[4][5] On August 5, the WBC announced that Dirrell would be unable to compete due to injury and the bout for the vacant world title would be between Benavidez and Ronald Gavril.[6]

Dirrell vs. YıldırımEdit

On February 23, 2019, Dirrell fought WBC's #2 Avni Yıldırım for the vacant WBC super middleweight title. Dirrell fought well but had a hard time dealing with Yıldırım at times. The fight was scheduled for twelve rounds, but the ringside physician made the recommendation to stop the fight, since Dirrell was dealing with a cut over his left eye, caused by an accidental head clash in the seventh round. Dirrell was leading on two of the scorecards at the time of stoppage, 96-94 and 96-94, while the third judge had it 98-92 for Yıldırım, which was enough for a technical split decision win for Dirrell.[7]

Dirrell vs. BenavidezEdit

In his first title defence, Dirrell faced David Benavidez. Benavidez, a former holder of the same belt, was undefeated and had never lost the belt in the ring. In a very competitive fight, Dirrell was fighting well in the opening four rounds. However, things started to go south for Dirrell in the fifth round, when he sustained a bad cut from a Benavidez jab. In the ninth round, after Benavidez unloaded a barrage of shots at Dirrell, Dirrell's corner decided to stop the fight.[8]

Dirrell vs. DavisEdit

In his next fight, Dirrell fought Kyrone Davis in an eliminator for the WBC super middleweight championship. The fight ended in a split-decision draw, both fighters winning on one scorecard apiece, 115-113, while the third judge had the fight a draw, 114-114.[9]

Outside the ringEdit

It was announced by HBO Boxing After Dark announcer Larry Merchant on the June 16, 2007 telecast that Dirrell was currently undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was cleared to box again after completing chemotherapy in 2008.

On January 28, 2008, Dirrell was held overnight in the Flint city lockup on suspicion of armed robbery.[10] However, no charges were ever filed. Dirrell's grandfather claims that Dirrell was on his way to undergo chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when the robbery took place.

Professional boxing recordEdit

38 fights 34 wins 2 losses
By knockout 25 1
By decision 9 1
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
38 Win 34–2–2

  Marcos Hernandez

KO 4 (10), 0:56 Nov 6, 2021

  MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

37 Draw 33–2–2   Kyrone Davis SD 12 Feb 27, 2021   Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
36 Loss 33–2–1   David Benavidez TKO 9 (12), 1:39 Sep 28, 2019   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, US Lost WBC super middleweight title
35 Win 33–1–1   Avni Yıldırım TD 10 (12), 1:55 Feb 23, 2019   Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Won vacant WBC super middleweight title;
Split TD after Dirrell cut from accidental head clash
34 Win 32–1–1   Abraham Han UD 10 Apr 28, 2018   Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
33 Win 31–1–1   Denis Douglin TD 6 (10), 1:58 Nov 17, 2017   Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, Flint, Michigan, U.S. Unanimous TD after Dirrell cut from accidental head clash
32 Win 30–1–1   Norbert Nemesapati RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Jan 13, 2017   Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, U.S.
31 Win 29–1–1   Caleb Truax TKO 1 (10), 1:49 Apr 29, 2016   Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Win 28–1–1   Marco Antonio Rubio UD 10 Sep 6, 2015   American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
29 Loss 27–1–1   Badou Jack MD 12 Apr 24, 2015   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Lost WBC super middleweight title
28 Win 27–0–1   Sakio Bika UD 12 Aug 16, 2014   StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won WBC super middleweight title
27 Draw 26–0–1   Sakio Bika SD 12 Dec 7, 2013   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBC super middleweight title
26 Win 26–0   Anthony Hanshaw TKO 3 (10), 2:36 Jul 27, 2013   AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
25 Win 25–0   Don Mouton UD 8 May 3, 2013   The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0   Renan St-Juste TKO 4 (12), 2:54 Dec 2, 2011   Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
23 Win 23–0   Kevin Engel KO 2 (10), 1:44 Jul 22, 2011   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0   Dante Craig KO 5 (10), 1:50 Jul 2, 2011   Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, U.S. Won vacant UBO InterContinental super middleweight title
21 Win 21–0   Alberto Mercedes TKO 3 (8), 2:48 May 13, 2011   Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0   Daryl Salmon TKO 3 (8), 2:34 Oct 15, 2010   Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
19 Win 19–0   Jimmy Campbell KO 1 (6), 2:06 Sep 17, 2010   Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Alfredo Contreras TKO 7 (8), 2:32 Aug 7, 2009   Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Alexander Pacheco Quiroz TKO 1 (6), 0:51 May 1, 2009   Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Dominique Azeez KO 1 (4), 2:59 Mar 28, 2009   Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Jose Medina UD 4 Feb 14, 2009   BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Robert Kliewer TKO 2, 1:03 Dec 5, 2008   Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Andy Mavros UD 4 Oct 11, 2008   Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   James Hopkins TKO 1 (8), 1:12 Dec 22, 2006   Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   James North TKO 4 (6), 1:18 Nov 17, 2006   Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   Billy Thompson UD 6 Sep 2, 2006   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   James Morrow TKO 1 (6), 1:37 Jun 23, 2006   Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Juan Carlos Ramos TKO 1 (6), 2:54 May 25, 2006   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Chris Grays TKO 1, 2:59 Dec 17, 2005   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Yameen I Muhammad KO 1 (6), 0:22 Nov 4, 2005   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Gabriel Rivera TKO 2 (6), 2:53 Aug 12, 2005   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Mike Walthier KO 1 (6), 1:43 Apr 29, 2005   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Larry Brothers TKO 2 (4), 1:14 Mar 10, 2005   Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Dewayne Warren TKO 2 (4), 1:30 Feb 11, 2005   Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Henry Dukes TKO 1 (4), 1:20 Jan 27, 2005   Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fox Sports 1 tale of the tape prior to the Avni Yıldırım fight.
  2. ^ "Anthony Dirrell - Next Fight, Fighter Bio, Stats & News". PBC Boxing.
  3. ^ "Dirrell vs Jack Reuslts & Highlights - Apr 24, 2015".
  4. ^ Rathborn, Jack (2017-07-06). "Callum Smith announced as latest entrant to World Boxing Super Series". mirror. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  5. ^ "Anthony Dirrell vs. David Benavidez in Play For WBC Title Anthony Dirrell vs. David Benavidez in Play For WBC Title". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Dirrell out, Gavril in against Benavidez".
  7. ^ "Anthony Dirrell wins second super middleweight title, outpoints Avni Yildirim by tech. decision". The Ring. 2019-02-24. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  8. ^ Christ, Scott (2019-09-29). "David Benavidez regains WBC title with stoppage of Anthony Dirrell". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  9. ^ "Dirrell vs Davis - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  10. ^ "Anthony Dirrell held on suspicion of armed robbery".

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Joseph Kwadjo
UBO InterContinental
super middleweight champion

July 2, 2011 – October 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Varazdat Chernikov
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by WBC super middleweight champion
August 16, 2014 – April 24, 2015
Succeeded by
Vacant
Title last held by
David Benavidez
stripped
WBC super middleweight champion
February 23 – September 28, 2019
Succeeded by
David Benavidez