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This week in boxing history, PBC highlights a trio of fighters earning their first world titles, including the first British Olympic gold medalist to win a pro championship, honors a middleweight legend adding another world title to his résumé and remembers a storied heavyweight championship rematch.
It sticks to him like a stain that he can’t wash out. Each opponent Gary Russell Jr. meets wears the face of Vasyl Lomachenko, the only fighter to ever beat Russell as a pro. And each fight Russell has had since that June 2014 setback means another step toward self-redemption in a Lomachenko rematch.
This week in PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy sets the table for an action-packed Saturday night of boxing on Showtime and FS1, including a conversation with two-time world title challenger Andre Dirrell before his 168-pound interim title bout against Jose Uzcategui.
Win vs Jose Uzcategui 26-1-0
May 20, 2017 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Jose Uzcategui by DQ in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Blake Caparello
Apr 29, 2016 • Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Andre Dirrell WINS against Blake Caparello by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs James DeGale
May 23, 2015 • Agganis Arena, Boston
Andre Dirrell LOSES to James DeGale by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Derek Edwards 27-3-1
Dec 19, 2014 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Andre Dirrell WINS against Derek Edwards by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Nick Brinson 16-2-2
Oct 08, 2014 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Nick Brinson by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Vladine Biosse 15-4-2
Aug 01, 2014 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Vladine Biosse by TKO in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Michael Gbenga 17-6-0
Feb 02, 2013 • Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Michael Gbenga by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Darryl Cunningham 24-2-0
Dec 30, 2011 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Darryl Cunningham by TKO in Round 2 of 10
WIN vs Arthur Abraham 31-0-0
Mar 27, 2010 • Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Arthur Abraham LOSES to Andre Dirrell by DQ in Round 11 of 12
LOSS vs Carl Froch 25-0-0
Oct 17, 2009 • Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Carl Froch WINS against Andre Dirrell by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Derrick Findley 13-2-0
Mar 28, 2009 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Derrick Findley by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Victor Oganov 28-1-0
Nov 01, 2008 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Victor Oganov by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Mike Paschall 17-0-1
Aug 02, 2008 • Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Mike Paschall by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Anthony Hanshaw 21-1-1
May 02, 2008 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Anthony Hanshaw by TKO in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Shannon Miller 23-38-8
Feb 01, 2008 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Shannon Miller by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs William Johnson 9-15-1
Dec 06, 2007 • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against William Johnson by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Curtis Stevens 17-1-0
Jun 16, 2007 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Curtis Stevens by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Kenny Kost 11-2-0
Feb 16, 2007 • Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Kenny Kost by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Cullen Rogers 8-14-2
Dec 22, 2006 • Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Cullen Rogers by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs James Sundin 6-4-0
Nov 17, 2006 • Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against James Sundin by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Marcus Don Hall 11-1-0
Jun 23, 2006 • Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Marcus Don Hall by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Mike Eatmon 8-4-0
Apr 21, 2006 • Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Mike Eatmon by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Juan Camacho 3-0-0
Aug 18, 2005 • HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Juan Camacho by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Carl Cockerham 12-9-3
Apr 15, 2005 • Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Carl Cockerham by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Jacob Rodriguez 6-12-0
Mar 10, 2005 • Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Jacob Rodriguez by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Carlos Jones 3-4-0
Jan 27, 2005 • Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA
Andre Dirrell WINS against Carlos Jones by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Andre Dirrell is a threat to floor his opponent with either hand. That exceptional athleticism helped “The Resurrected” become a U.S. Olympic bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, and has aided his rise as one of the top 168-pound fighters in the world.
Dirrell and his younger brother, Anthony, began boxing while still in elementary school in their hometown of Flint, Michigan. The brothers have been trained from the beginning by grandfather Leon “Bumper” Lawson Sr., a former sparring partner of Muhammad Ali, and uncle Leon Jr.
Andre Dirrell was an exceptional amateur, winning the 2003 National Amateur Championship and competing at the 2003 Pan American Games, where he lost to Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba.
He qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team and won the bronze medal at 165 pounds, defeating Despaigne in the process before losing to Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan.
Dirrell, who earned the nickname “The Matrix” for his ability to quickly vanish after punching his opponents, turned professional soon after the Olympics, finishing his amateur career with 231 wins.
Coming out strong
Dirrell made his pro debut on January 27, 2005, with a fourth-round technical knockout of Carlos Jones in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
The switch-hitting southpaw quickly piled up victories, running his record to 10-0 with six knockouts by the end of 2006.
Dirrell opened 2007 by winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Kenny Kost at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. He won twice more that year, including a 10-round unanimous decision over contender Curtis Stevens.
He ran his record to 17-0 with 12 KOs with four victories in 2008, including TKOs over contenders Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1 entering their fight), Mike Paschall (17-0-1) and Victor Oganov (28-1).
Fighting as part of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, Dirrell got his first title shot in October 2009, when he faced undefeated Carl Froch in Nottingham, England.
Dirrell utilized his mobility and counterpunching skills to stymie the aggressive Englishman, but he had a point deducted for holding in the 10th round and lost a disputed 12-round split decision.
Again fighting in the Super Six tournament, Dirrell defeated Arthur Abraham in Detroit in March 2010, winning when Abraham was disqualified in the 11th round for hitting Dirrell after he slipped and was kneeling on the canvas.
Dirrell was scheduled to fight Andre Ward in the Super Six, but had to withdraw from the tourney in October 2010 because of neurological problems sustained in his bout against Abraham.
The rise of "The Resurrected”
Dirrell finally returned to the ring in December 2011 after a 21-month hiatus, and gained a second-round TKO of Darryl Cunningham in Cabazon, California.
Dirrell fought just once over the next 2½ years, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga in McAllen, Texas, in February 2013.
He picked up his activity in 2014, winning three times in five months to put himself back in title contention.
The southpaw, who rechristened himself “The Resurrected,” gained a fifth-round TKO of Vladine Biosse in August, defeated Nick Brinson by fourth-round TKO in October and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Derek Edwards in December.
Falling just short of a world title
Dirrell got his second try at winning a world title when he fought Englishman James DeGale at Boston's Agganis Arena on May 23, 2015, in a Premier Boxing Champions bout that aired live on NBC.
DeGale knocked Dirrell to the canvas twice in the second round to gain an early advantage.
Dirrell, however, stormed back and controlled the pace of the fight throughout the middle rounds.
It would not be enough to win the bout, though, as DeGale won a unanimous decision, handing Dirrell his second career loss.