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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