Andre Dirrell

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Andre Dirrell
Nickname(s) The Matrix
The Resurrected
Rated at Super middleweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983 (age 32)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 24
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2

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.

Fighting style[edit]

A southpaw, Dirrell is a switch hitter and a natural left-hander.

Amateur career[edit]

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 National Amateur Championship at Middleweight (165 lb.) in 2003. His younger brother Anthony Dirrell won it in 2004 and 2005.

He also competed at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. His results were:

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.[2] 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:

Professional career[edit]

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.

Super Six[edit]

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.[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 Six[edit]

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, 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 record[edit]

24 Wins (16 Knockouts), 2 Defeats, 0 Draws[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 24–2 United Kingdom James DeGale UD 12 2015-05-23 United States Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts For vacant IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 24–1 United States Derek Edwards UD 12 2014-12-19 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec
Win 23–1 United States Nick Brinson TKO 4 (10), 2:12 2014-10-08 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 22–1 United States Vladine Biosse KO 5 (10), 2:46 2014-08-01 United States Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington
Win 21–1 Ghana Michael Gbenga UD 10 2013-02-02 United States McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, Texas
Win 20–1 United States Darryl Cunningham TKO 2 (10), 2:05 2011-12-30 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 19–1 Germany Arthur Abraham DQ 11 (12), 1:13 2010-03-27 United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Loss 18–1 United Kingdom Carl Froch SD 12 2009-10-17 United Kingdom Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire For WBC Super Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 United States Derrick Findley RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2009-03-28 United States Buffalo Run Casino & Hotel, Miami, Oklahoma
Win 17–0 Australia Victor Oganov TKO 6 (12), 0:28 2008-11-01 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Won Interim WBO NABO Super Middleweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Mike Paschall TKO 4 (10), 1:32 2008-08-02 United States Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Win 15–0 United States Anthony Hanshaw TKO 5 (10), 1:13 2008-05-02 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California
Win 14–0 United States Shannon Miller TKO 1 (8), 2:03 2007-12-06 United States Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Win 13–0 United States William Johnson KO 3 (6), 1:58 2008-02-01 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win 12–0 United States Curtis Stevens UD 10 2007-06-16 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 11–0 United States Kenny Kost UD 8 2007-02-16 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California
Win 10–0 United States Cullen Rogers TKO 3 (8), 1:19 2006-12-22 United States Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan
Win 9–0 United States James Sundin TKO 2 (6), 2:33 2006-11-17 United States Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California
Win 8–0 United States Marcus Don Hall TKO 3 (6), 1:57 2006-06-23 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California
Win 7–0 United States Alfonso Rocha UD 6 2006-05-25 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 6–0 United States Mike Eatmon UD 6 2006-04-21 United States Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Win 5–0 Mexico Juan Camacho KO 2 (4), 2:42 2005-08-18 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 4–0 United States Carl Cockerham UD 6 2005-04-15 United States Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights, Washington
Win 3–0 United States Jacob Rodriguez KO 2 (4), 1:12 2005-03-10 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Win 2–0 United States Walter Coles KO 1 (4), 2:16 2005-02-11 United States Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Win 1–0 United States Carlos Jones TKO 4 (4), 2:50 2005-01-27 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland Professional debut.


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  3. ^ a b Andre Dirrell – Boxer. Retrieved on 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ Starks, Tim (2009-10-17). "Andre Dirrell Gets Robbed By Carl Froch In Nottingham; Arthur Abraham Gives Jermain Taylor Another Knockout Loss In Germany | October | 2009 Articles". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
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  6. ^ "Barry McGuigan Says Andre Dirrell Beat Carl Froch, Also Predicts A Dirrell Win Over Arthur Abraham!". 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  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 (2010-03-29). "Allan Green: "Andre Dirrell Could Have Continued"". 
  9. ^ Vester, Mark (April 9, 2010). "Arthur Abraham's Team File Protest on Andre Dirrell Loss". 
  10. ^ "Andre Dirrell pulls out of Super Six tournament: Will he ever fight again?". 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Full Report: Taylor-Nicklow, Dirrell-Cunningham". 
  12. ^ "Andre Dirrell returns to winning ways". 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Andre Dirrell wins FNF return, calls out Carl Froch". 2014-08-01. 
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