Dirrell is looking to reinvigorate his career at 175 pounds!
Former IBF Interim Super Middleweight champion Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16 KOa), may return in December, but at Light-Heavyweight.
At 34 years-old, Dirrell has had a career full of ups and downs, including long layoffs.
It all began in the first ever Super Six tournament in 2009. His first attempt at becoming a world champion was a WBC title bout against Carl Froch. He dropped a split-decision in a fight many believed he should have won.
In his next fight against Arthur Abraham, he suffered another misfortune. After slipping, he took a punch that would cause a twenty-one month layoff to heal from neurological issues.
Regardless of his setbacks, Dirrell has always been a player at 168 pounds. This granted him opportunities to get that elusive status of world champion he has chased since 2005.
His last fight was a knockout loss to IBF champion Josè Uzcategui. This was a rematch after the first fight ended in a controversial disqualification win. The rematch was an eliminator that would have led to a rematch with then IBF champion James DeGale.
After this loss, he had the look of a fighter who realized they have exhausted all of their chances at becoming a champion. He even hinted at calling it a career in interviews succeeding the fight.
However, his announcement of a December return at light heavyweight means he feels he still has some fight left in him.
There will be several questions fans will want answers to. Possibly the biggest being: “what does Andre Dirrell truly have left?”
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland