|Rated at||Super middleweight|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
September 7, 1983 |
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
|Wins by KO||16|
Andre Dirrell (born September 7, 1983) is an American professional boxer and two-time super middleweight world title challenger. As an amateur he won the bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
A southpaw, Dirrell is a switch hitter and a natural left-hander.
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.
He also competed at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. His results were:
- Lost to Yordanis Despaigne (Cuba) 20-21
He avenged the Despaigne loss 41-28 in their second bout later and world champ Gennady Golovkin 15-14 at the 2003 USA vs. Kazakhstan Dual. He qualified for the Olympic Games by ending up 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:
- Defeated Ha Dabateer (China) 25-18
- Defeated Nabil Kassel (Algeria) RSC-2 (1:59)
- Defeated Yordanis Despaigne (Cuba) 21-20
- Lost to Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) 18-23
Dirrell began his professional career in 2005. Possessing exceptional athleticism and tremendous amateur experience, he was considered among boxing's young prospects. As of August 2014, Dirrell holds a record of 22 wins (15 KO) in 23 professional fights with one loss. Dirrell defeated prospect Curtis Stevens on HBO's Boxing After Dark in June 2007.
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 Englands Carl Froch on October 18 for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship. Two of the judges scored the fight 115-112 for Froch, with the third scoring it 114-113 for Dirrell.
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. However, Dirrell said he was really knocked out and did not know what happened after he fell down.
After Super Six
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.
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.
On May 23, 2015 Andre Dirrell fought against British star James DeGale at the Agganis Arena, 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.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (16 Knockouts), 2 Defeats, 0 Draws|
|Loss||24–2||James DeGale||UD||12||2015-05-23||Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts||For vacant IBF Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||24–1||Derek Edwards||UD||12||2014-12-19||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec|
|Win||23–1||Nick Brinson||TKO||4 (10), 2:12||2014-10-08||Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||22–1||Vladine Biosse||KO||5 (10), 2:46||2014-08-01||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington|
|Win||21–1||Michael Gbenga||UD||10||2013-02-02||McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, Texas|
|Win||20–1||Darryl Cunningham||TKO||2 (10), 2:05||2011-12-30||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California|
|Win||19–1||Arthur Abraham||DQ||11 (12), 1:13||2010-03-27||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan|
|Loss||18–1||Carl Froch||SD||12||2009-10-17||Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire||For WBC Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Derrick Findley||RTD||6 (10), 3:00||2009-03-28||Buffalo Run Casino & Hotel, Miami, Oklahoma|
|Win||17–0||Victor Oganov||TKO||6 (12), 0:28||2008-11-01||Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Won Interim WBO NABO Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Mike Paschall||TKO||4 (10), 1:32||2008-08-02||Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Tacoma, Washington|
|Win||15–0||Anthony Hanshaw||TKO||5 (10), 1:13||2008-05-02||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||14–0||Shannon Miller||TKO||1 (8), 2:03||2007-12-06||Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota|
|Win||13–0||William Johnson||KO||3 (6), 1:58||2008-02-01||Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California|
|Win||12–0||Curtis Stevens||UD||10||2007-06-16||Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||11–0||Kenny Kost||UD||8||2007-02-16||Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California|
|Win||10–0||Cullen Rogers||TKO||3 (8), 1:19||2006-12-22||Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan|
|Win||9–0||James Sundin||TKO||2 (6), 2:33||2006-11-17||Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California|
|Win||8–0||Marcus Don Hall||TKO||3 (6), 1:57||2006-06-23||Oakland Arena, Oakland, California|
|Win||7–0||Alfonso Rocha||UD||6||2006-05-25||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||6–0||Mike Eatmon||UD||6||2006-04-21||Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina|
|Win||5–0||Juan Camacho||KO||2 (4), 2:42||2005-08-18||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California|
|Win||4–0||Carl Cockerham||UD||6||2005-04-15||Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights, Washington|
|Win||3–0||Jacob Rodriguez||KO||2 (4), 1:12||2005-03-10||Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland|
|Win||2–0||Walter Coles||KO||1 (4), 2:16||2005-02-11||Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Jones||TKO||4 (4), 2:50||2005-01-27||Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland||Professional debut.|
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