Andre Dirrell Has Easy Time Of It, Gets UD12 Over Edwards on SHO

Andre Dirrell took on Derek Edwards, in an A- class vs. B minus class clash at super middle Friday night, in Montreal, at the Pepsi Coliseum, on Showtime.

Dirrell was in total control the whole way, and the judges couldn’t, wouldn’t dare, screw things up. They saw it 119-109, 120-108, 119-107.

Dirrell said before round twelve that his left hand was hurting him, and maybe was broken.

Dirrell went 2250-591 to 47-269 for the loser.

Edwards (27-3-1 entering) is 35, and was 167, and 5-9 in height. The Michiganer Dirrell at 31 was 167 ¾ and is 6-1.

In the first, Dirrell started lefty. Finished the slow round the same way, strange for him.

In the second, Dirrell opened up. He measured with the jab, then snapped it, and stalked Edwards. A long left landed clean, and the Las Vegan Edwards was backing up, and trying an odd left hook.

In the third, the still lefty Dirrell’s right jab was even peppier. The one-two was on message now. Edwards was in catcher mode, sort of a sparring partner mentality. In the fourth, Edwards wasn’t in a warrior or winner mode. His corner let him have it after the round.

In the fifth, Dirrell was da boss, in full command, used his left to good effect. Edwards again got yelled at, for not letting his hands go. Things looked quite similar in rounds six and seven. In the eighth, Edwards tried to smother, do something inside. He wasn’t capable to adapting, of finding other methods to make the worm turn. To the 12th, Dirrell was still lefty, and got tagged with a left hook. Too little…We went to the cards.

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

I like Andre. Excellent skills and ability. Hard to get his conduct and performance against Abraham out of my mind when I consider Andre's ultimate aspirations though. Hopefully Andre has psychologically improved since then. Until the competition is stepped up I guess we won't know.


-oubobcat :

Dirrell is working his way back. I got the impression early that he wanted to go rounds here and treated this at times like a glorified sparring session. He is of course still shaking off some rust from almost five years of inactivity. It wasn't the most appealing fight to watch and maybe for his sake would have been better off television. It was what it was frankly. I guess this was technically a step up for him but that's not saying a lot either.The Froch rematch is not going to happen. We all know that, so does Dirrell. But Froch may have to vacate the IBF belt depending on his course and that is what Haymon is ultimately banking on to get Dirrell a shot. Dirrell's future depends on Froch. If Froch does not fight DeGale and vacates, we could see Dirrell-DeGale later in 2015. If Froch fights DeGale and wins, then Dirrell sits on the ranking until Froch vacates knowing Froch won't fight him. That means more Derek Edwards type fights for the next year. If DeGale wins, the future is a little more cloudy for Dirrell as who knows if DeGale would jump right into a Dirrell fight. Depending on how the Froch fight played out, DeGale could get a big money rematch or go another direction as well. We'd certainly see some maneuvering from Haymon too.


-stormcentre :

I can't see Froch wanting to fight Dirrell again. I know his fight with Froch was controversial. But for my money Andre won that fight, and in some senses (even though he is somewhat of a timid fighter, particularly when faced with a powerfully punching opponent; regardless of their skill level and/or inferiority) he schooled Carl. Froch was made to miss and look amateurish. Froch was beaten to the punch and seriously exposed for the weaknesses he has with slick fighters and movers. The Dirrell V Froch fight was essentially a perfect prequel and brilliant timing for Ward, who must have been licking his lips with joy knowing that both; a) He was soon going to (in the super 6 tournament) meet Froch. b) Froch is a basic, but very successful, fighter who is reliant on his stamina and incredible determination/toughness; who exhibits the above-mentioned difficulties when faced with pure and well skilled boxers that possess similar championship levels of stamina, determination, experience and toughness. I'd like to see Andre Dirrell get a title and/or in position to fight 3G as a professional. The fight would show us how 3G deals with guys that aren't so hand picked . . guys that perhaps represent top (or thereabouts) level fighters . . whom possess; good amateur experience/fundamentals, excellent boxing skills that are tried/tested in the professional ranks, good defence, good speed/mobility, and also (at least) decent power - all wrapped up into one. After all, it's this package (and perhaps more) that 3G possesses - which is why he is usually superior to most of his opponents; that usually lack some essentials off the aforementioned list Dirrell or someone else possessing the aforementioned list of attributes, would foreseeably be able to pressure and make Gennady work for distance and position - which he needs to time and set up his KO punches. For those reasons it would be a good fight, where the outcome was perhaps not such a foregone conclusion - as Rubio and many other 3G opponents and fights are. Anyway, that said; I still think 3G would eventually "catch" and roll over Andre Dirrell. As Dirrell often closes up and changes in a negative sense during the fight (like Khan can), as soon as he feels power and knows his opponent is not bothered/bamboozled by his superior speed and skills. Interestingly though, (or perhaps it's not) I don't think Gennady is interested in a Dirrell fight - due to how tricky Andre Dirrell is, how hard it may be for 3G to look good against him, and also how Dirrell has also, previously, fared quite well against 3G as an amateur. Froch, really, to sustain his current status, needs to fight guys that are not faster and/or similarly or more ring savvy than him.


-stormcentre :

I can't see Froch wanting to fight Dirrell again. I know his fight with Froch was controversial. But for my money Andre won that fight, and in some senses (even though he is somewhat of a timid fighter, particularly when faced with a powerfully punching opponent; regardless of their skill level and/or inferiority) he schooled Carl. Froch was made to miss and look amateurish. Froch was beaten to the punch and seriously exposed for the weaknesses he has with slick fighters and movers. The Dirrell V Froch fight was essentially a perfect prequel and brilliant timing for Ward, who must have been licking his lips with joy knowing that both; a) He was soon going to (in the super 6 tournament) meet Froch. b) Froch is a basic, but very successful, fighter who is reliant on his stamina and incredible determination/toughness; who exhibits the above-mentioned difficulties when faced with pure and well skilled boxers that possess similar championship levels of stamina, determination, experience and toughness. I'd like to see Andre Dirrell get a title and/or in position to fight 3G as a professional. The fight would show us how 3G deals with guys that aren't so hand picked . . guys that perhaps represent top (or thereabouts) level fighters . . whom possess; good amateur experience/fundamentals, excellent boxing skills that are tried/tested in the professional ranks, good defence, good speed/mobility, and also (at least) decent power - all wrapped up into one. After all, it's this package (and perhaps more) that 3G possesses - which is why he is usually superior to most of his opponents; that usually lack some essentials off the aforementioned list Dirrell or someone else possessing the aforementioned list of attributes, would foreseeably be able to pressure and make Gennady work for distance and position - which he needs to time and set up his KO punches. For those reasons it would be a good fight, where the outcome was perhaps not such a foregone conclusion - as Rubio and many other 3G opponents and fights are. Anyway, that said; I still think 3G would eventually "catch" and roll over Andre Dirrell. As Dirrell often closes up and changes in a negative sense during the fight (like Khan can), as soon as he feels power and knows his opponent is not bothered/bamboozled by his superior speed and skills. Interestingly though (or perhaps it's not) - and despite the fact that, for the above-mentioned reasons, at times Dirrell looked down right timid against Curtis Stevens whom 3G has destroyed – whilst there are other easier opponents, I still don't think Gennady is interested in a Dirrell fight. In my opinion this is due to how tricky Andre Dirrell is, how hard it may be for 3G to look good against him, and also how Dirrell has also, previously, fared quite well against 3G as an amateur. Moving back to and finishing this post off with Froch; in my opinion, really, to sustain his current status, I think he needs to fight guys that are not faster and/or similarly - but not more - ring savvy than him. Julio Cesar Chavez or retire then? Perhaps that’s a little rough . . I mean, after all, ever since the super 6 tournament, Carl – with whatever limitations he may have as a boxer – still, really has travelled aboard and taken on a rouges gallery of opponents. Even in the fights he has lost, save for the one with Andre Ward, he has never really been dominated and/or beaten up. Plus the guy is almost always prepared to rematch. They don’t come tougher that’s for sure.