Dirrell Brothers Look To Rekindle Title Hopes This Friday

The Premier Boxing Champions is at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this Friday, April 29th to kick off a big weekend of fights. The card consists of nine fights in all and includes super middleweight brothers Andre and Anthony Dirrell in showcase ten round fights. The brothers hope that appearing together on the same card, as they did early in their careers, will signal a new beginning.

Andre Dirrell (24-2), a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, is facing Blake Caparello (22-1-1) in his first fight in almost a year. He last fought in May of 2015 when he lost a world title bid to England’s James DeGale for the vacant IBF 168-pound belt. Dirrell has been slowed since he was diagnosed with a brain injury after his March of 2010 fight with Arthur Abraham, but he claims to be healthy and still has title aspirations. The only other loss of his career came in a world title fight with Carl Froch.

Check out The Sweet Science article “The Dirrell Brothers Take Home the Bacon in Atlantic City”.

Anthony Dirrell (28-1-1) is facing off against Caleb Truax (26-2-2) as he is looking for his second win in a row since his April of 2015 loss to Badou Jack. Anthony fought for the WBC World title against Sakio Bika in December of 2013, but that fight ended in a draw. In August of 2014, he took the WBC world title from the rugged Bika by unanimous decision in their re-match only to see it leave his possession the following fight against Jack. Back in 2007, Dirrell overcame a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his world title reign, however brief, was an inspiration to cancer survivors and others.

The Dirrell brothers hail from Flint, Michigan. The troubles in that community have been well documented and the brothers have been personally affected. Andre Dirrell says that at least seven of his nephews and nieces have been stricken with lead poisoning by contaminated drinking water. The older sibling by 13 months, Andre has been at the forefront of “gofundme” campaigns to provide safe bottled water to residents of his hometown.

The main event of the show sees undefeated super bantamweight prospect Jonathan Guzman (20-0) facing Daniel Rosas (20-2-1) in a twelve round contest. The three featured bouts will be carried on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET and PT. Those in the Eastern time zone will see it live; the telecast will be delayed three hours for those residing on the west coast. Two more PBC events will be televised on Saturday. They will air of FOX and Showtime. Check your local listings for more details.

Check out the results “Dirrell Brothers Both Notch Victories At The Taj” at The Boxing Channel.



-Bernie Campbell :

Well, Anthony could do a wonderfull backflip?

-deepwater2 :

These are just some tuneup fights. I will DVR it and if something spectacular happens I will review it. I don't think I will wind up watching these fights.

-StormCentre :

Andre - technically/theoretically - has so much potential. It just doesn't always show itself under the big lights/pressure. So, then . . . . I guess (practically, and until it shows itself under the big lights/pressure) he doesn't really have that much potential !!!! I am confused. :) :) :)

-Radam G :

Well, Anthony could do a wonderfull backflip?
Ditto, B-Camp! You knew your boy. And that was a 10 on that backflip. Holla!

-deepwater2 :

The brothers brought home the bacon alright. If bacon is overmatched,overpaid opponents with no hope to win. Enjoy that bacon because it will only hurt you when you take on a real opponent. You know, the only real opponents that you ever fought, you lost to. Keep bringing home the bacon..

-brownsugar :

Enjoyed the show, Guzman and Rosa's put on a very spirited performance until Guzman started landing some well timed bombs as the fight wore on. Rosas had no quit in him, and gave it every ounce of gusto he could muster until Guzman had beaten the game Mexican cat-raggedy by the later rounds, great stoppage. Until last night, Truax's only 2 loses came to Jermaine Taylor in 2012, when Jermaine still embodied a modicum of his near legendary ability.... His other loss was to Danny Jacobs, who needs no introduction,... Truax was a good entry point for Anthony to test the waters with for his recent return. Anthony actually looked sharper than his more stylish brother Andre Dirrell. I like Andre, but Im afraid that his lack of physicality, fading stamina issues, and sporadic fight schedule, will keep him from reaching the top level of the lightheavyweight division. He's still fun to watch and I wish him well. Caparello's only loss had come to Serghey Krusher Kovalev in 2014 by KO. The previous fights had built up an electric atmosphere up until this point. Not that Dirrell vs Caparello was a bad fight. But when compared to the previous two bouts, the final bout sucked the air out of the ball, thanks to the crafty Australian veteran settling into survival mode as the fight wore on. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend you catch all three on You tube, or On Demand, I guarantee the first two fights will not disappoint. And while we're on the subject, live fights are important for a fighters development, but even more important is preparation. Good preparation trump's everything else.... Or how else can you explain Ray Leonard's, Manny Pac's, F Mayweathers or even Ward's performances after one, two, or even three years off. True champions know what's required to stay on top. ...