Andre Dirrell

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Andre Dirrell
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Rated at Super middleweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983 (age 33)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 25
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2

Andre Dirrell (born September 7, 1983) is an American professional boxer who has challenged twice for a super middleweight world title, in 2009 and 2015. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2004 Olympics.

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 2003 United States national amateur championships at middleweight. He also competed at the 2003 Pan American Games, with his results being:

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]

Fighting style[edit]

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

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

Titles in boxing[edit]

Amateur titles
Julius Fogle
United States middleweight champion
James Johnson
Regional titles
New title WBONABO super middleweight champion
Interim title

November 1, 2008 – March 2009
Title next held by
Edison Miranda


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  11. ^ "Full Report: Taylor-Nicklow, Dirrell-Cunningham". 
  12. ^ "Andre Dirrell returns to winning ways". 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
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