I spoke on Thursday to Andre Dirrell, who hasn't been all that active following his loss to Arthur Abraham in the Super Six tourney in March 2010. He was diagnosed with a brain injury, and fought just two times since. But, he looked and sounded in solid shape at the Barclays Center, and he offered moral support to younger bro Anthony, who looks to take Sakio Bika's WBC 168 pound crown from him on Saturday, and on Showtime.
The 30-year-old Dirrell (21-1 with 14 KOs) told me he was right there working with Anthony for this camp, and has been sorting through promotional issues. He has no physical issues, with his brain or otherwise, he said, and in fact, had some solid sparring Wednesday. The fighter lost a split decision in a title crack against Carl Froch in 2009, and yes, he'd like a re-do on that one, soon. And would he like to tangle with Andre Ward? You will be able to hear from Dirrell in more depth and detail, including an answer to that Ward query, in an interview that will drop soon on The Boxing Channel.
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