Anthony Dirrell
Anthony Dirrell

Anthony Dirrell

“The Dog”

RECORD

31 - 1 - 1

KOs

24

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Age 33

Home Flint, Michigan,

Complete Stats

Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell overcame cancer and a motorcycle crash to become a world champion at 168 pounds. Now he's looking to regain his title. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs Denis Douglin

Nov 17, 2017 / Dort Federal Credit Union Center, Flint, Michigan

The fight went to the scorecards earlier than expected following an accidental headbutt in the sixth round which caused a cut over Anthony Dirrell's left eye. Dirrell was awarded a technical decision victory over Denis Douglin.

Latest News

Latest
Anthony Dirrell vs Denis DouglinPBC Boxing Video
Nov 18, 2017 / Anthony Dirrell, Dirrell vs Douglin

Anthony Dirrell stays on track for title shot with technical decision over Denis Douglin

Early on, it looked like Anthony Dirrell was going to have a quick night and explosive victory in front of his home fans. Instead, Dirrell's night ended because of a bad cut he suffered midway through the bout.

Dirrell vs Douglin
Nov 17, 2017 / Anthony Dirrell, Dirrell vs Douglin

Anthony Dirrell Must Get Past Denis Douglin To Stay on Title Comeback Trail

While the former 168-pound champion wants to entertain his hometown fans in his first fight back in Flint, Michigan since 2011, Anthony Dirrell is highly aware that veteran Denis Douglin is no pushover.

Anthony Dirrell
Nov 15, 2017 / Anthony Dirrell, Dirrell vs Douglin

Anthony Dirrell’s Road Back To A Title Runs Through Denis Douglin

Former 168-pound champion looks to put on a show Friday night in his hometown of Flint, Michigan and show he's still an elite super middleweight.

Fights

Fights

Win vs Denis Douglin 20-0-5

Nov 17, 2017 Dort Federal Credit Union Center, Flint, Michigan

Anthony Dirrell  WINS against Denis Douglin by TD in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Norbert Nemesapati 24-4-0

Jan 13, 2017 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Norbert Nemesapati by RTD in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Caleb Truax

Apr 29, 2016 Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Caleb Truax by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Marco Antonio Rubio

Sep 06, 2015 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Marco Antonio Rubio by UD in Round 10 of 10

Loss vs Badou Jack 18-1-1

Apr 24, 2015 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

Anthony Dirrell LOSES to Badou Jack by MD in Round 12 of 12

WIN vs Sakio Bika 32-5-3

Aug 16, 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Sakio Bika LOSES to Anthony Dirrell by UD in Round 12 of 12

Draw vs Sakio Bika 32-5-2

Dec 07, 2013 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Sakio Bika DRAWS with Anthony Dirrell by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Anthony Hanshaw 23-3-2

Jul 27, 2013 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Anthony Hanshaw by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Don Mouton 12-6-1

May 03, 2013 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Don Mouton by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Renan St Juste 23-2-1

Dec 02, 2011 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Renan St Juste by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Kevin Engel 18-4-0

Jul 22, 2011 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Kevin Engel by KO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Dante Craig 18-9-1

Jul 02, 2011 Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Dante Craig by KO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Alberto Mercedes 14-17-1

May 13, 2011 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Alberto Mercedes by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Daryl Salmon 16-5-0

Oct 15, 2010 Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Daryl Salmon by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Jimmy Campbell 11-4-0

Sep 17, 2010 Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Jimmy Campbell by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Alfredo Contreras 11-5-1

Aug 07, 2009 Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Alfredo Contreras by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Alexander Pacheco Quiroz 14-7-1

May 01, 2009 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Alexander Pacheco Quiroz by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Jose Medina 14-12-0

Feb 14, 2009 BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Jose Medina by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Robert Kliewer 9-6-2

Dec 05, 2008 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Robert Kliewer by TKO in Round 2 of 0

Win vs Andy Mavros 6-1-0

Oct 11, 2008 Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Andy Mavros by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs James Hopkins 3-6-0

Dec 22, 2006 Perani Arena and Event Center, Flint, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against James Hopkins by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Billy Thompson 8-5-0

Sep 02, 2006 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Billy Thompson by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs James Morrow 9-2-2

Jun 23, 2006 Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against James Morrow by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Juan Carlos Ramos 3-4-1

May 25, 2006 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Juan Carlos Ramos by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Chris Grays 6-8-0

Dec 17, 2005 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Chris Grays by TKO in Round 1 of 0

Win vs Yameen I Muhammad 8-6-1

Nov 04, 2005 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Yameen I Muhammad by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Gabriel Rivera 4-0-0

Aug 13, 2005 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Gabriel Rivera by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Mike Walthier 0-2-0

Apr 29, 2005 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Mike Walthier by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Larry Brothers 5-13-2

Mar 10, 2005 Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Larry Brothers by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Dewayne Warren 0-0-0

Feb 11, 2005 Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Dewayne Warren by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Henry Dukes 0-4-0

Jan 27, 2005 Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA

Anthony Dirrell WINS against Henry Dukes by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Anthony Dirrell “The Dog”

  • WINS 31
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 1
  • KOs 24

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Height 6'2" (1.88 m)

Reach 74½" (189 cm)

  • Born

    October 13, 1984
  • Age

    33
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Flint, MI
  • Trains in

    Flint, MI
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    130
  • KO Percentage

    73%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

A battle with cancer and a motorcycle crash that left him with a broken arm and leg haven’t kept unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell from winning a world championship at 168 pounds. One of two brothers making their living as a fighter, Dirrell’s aggressive style has helped him overcome challenges both inside the ring and out.

#NationalSiblingDay Always #blessed to have my brother @andredirrell by my side. #TeamDirrell #Family #Brothers

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A rocky road to success

Dirrell has been near perfect inside the ring, but his challenges have been formidable outside of it. So much so that perhaps his nickname should be “The Underdog.”

The 168-pounder has survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, battled back from a motorcycle crash that broke an arm and a leg, and mistakenly been arrested for an armed bank robbery.

He’s also stepped out of the shadow of his older brother, Andre, a talented fighter who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics.

Anthony Dirrell fights Marcus Johnson at the U.S. Olympic trials in Tunica, Mississippi, in February 2004.

A champion from childhood

Anthony Dirrell was born in the tough town of Flint, Michigan.

The Dirrell brothers started boxing in elementary school with their grandfather, Leon "Bumper” Lawson Sr., and uncle, Leon Jr., guiding their careers as trainer. The elder Lawson was a former sparring partner for Muhammad Ali.

Dirrell’s 192-20 amateur career included moving up to the 178-pound weight division for the 2004 Olympic trials, while brother Andre fought at 168.

He fought with a broken hand, but finished third and didn’t make the team.

Anthony Dirrell hits Billy Thompson with a right during their fight in Los Angeles on September 2, 2006.

Overcoming cancer

Dirrell made his professional debut at the age of 20, gaining a first-round TKO of Henry Dukes on January 27, 2005.

Over the next two years, Dirrell racked up 11 more wins, including a first-round TKO of James Hopkins on December 22, 2006, in his hometown of Flint.

Just days later, he received the biggest blow of his life: Chest pain he’d been experiencing during training was diagnosed as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that starts in cells in the body’s immune system.

Dirrell underwent two years of chemotherapy, but kept up his training between treatments.

Before resuming his boxing career, though, Dirrell was pulled over on his way to chemotherapy on suspicion of armed robbery.

The suspect was driving a car similar to Dirrell’s, and the boxer spent a night in jail. He was released the next day, and no charges were ever filed.

Anthony Dirrell takes a break during training in 2013.

Yet another setback

Dirrell returned to the ring on October 11, 2008, after a nearly two-year absence, defeating Andy Mavros in a four-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

He continued his undefeated streak with 11 more wins, earning him a 168-pound contender eliminator match with Renan St-Juste on December 2, 2011. Dirrell defeated the Canadian by fourth-round TKO.

In position for a title bout, Dirrell suffered another setback in May 2012 after being struck by a vehicle while test-driving a motorcycle.

The crash left him with a fractured arm and broken leg, sidelining him for nearly 18 months.

Anthony Dirrell does a backflip after knocking out Anthony Hanshaw in San Antonio on July 27, 2013.

Nearing the goal

In his first bout after the accident, Dirrell won an eight-round unanimous decision over Don Mouton in Las Vegas on May 3, 2013.

Two months later, he dispatched Anthony Hanshaw in three rounds in San Antonio, putting him within reach of his goal of becoming the first cancer survivor to win a boxing world championship.

Anthony Dirrell punches Sakio Bika during their 168-pound title fight in Carson, California, on August 16, 2014.

Getting his first shot at a title

Dirrell got his shot against champion Sakio Bika on December 7, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York.

Dirrell dropped Bika in the fifth round, and Bika was docked a point in the 11th round for a low blow, but the action-packed 12-round fight was ruled a draw, allowing Bika to retain his title.

#Premierboxingchamps film shoot today @premierboxingchamps

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The heart of a champion

Dirrell and Bika met in a rematch in Carson, California, on August 16, 2014.

Dirrell relied heavily on his defense to outbox Bika in another rugged fight, winning the 12-round brawl by unanimous decision to take the 168-pound title.

He just missed his chance to become the first known cancer survivor to win a world championship, as Daniel Jacobs, who overcame bone cancer, won a 160-pound title one week earlier.

Anthony Dirrell and Badou Jack
Anthony Dirrell lands a right hand during his loss to Badou Jack in Chicago on April 24, 2015.

Experiencing defeat for the first time

Dirrell put his title on the line on April 24, when he faced challenger Badou Jack in Chicago in a Premier Boxing Champions bout that was broadcast on Spike TV.

Dirrell was the aggressor early on, and switched to southpaw in the fourth round in an attempt to thwart Jack.

Jack picked up the pace in the middle rounds, though, and pressed Dirrell for the remainder of the 12-round bout.

Dirrell tried to rally late, but it wasn't enough as Jack won a majority decision by scores of 116-112, 115-113, 114-114 to take the title.

Fight November 17 in Flint MI @powerhandz #teamdirrell #dirrellbrothers #dirrellschancefoundation

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Back on the winning track

After losing to Badou Jack in April 2015, Dirrell went on a three-fight winning streak. He won almost every second of every round in a unanimous 10-round decision over veteran Marco Antonio Rubio on September 6, 2015, at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas on a Premier Boxing Champions card on CBS.

Seven months later, Dirrell needed a mere 109 seconds to stop Caleb Truax on April 29, 2016, in the first round at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Spike TV. It marked Dirrell’s first stoppage victory since he beat Anthony Hanshaw by third-round TKO on July 27, 2013.

Dirrell made it three straight by beating Norbert Nemesapati with another stoppage, a sixth-round TKO on January 13, 2017 in a Premier Boxing Champions fight on Spike TV at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, in Hialeah, Florida.

Dirrell's next fight will come in his hometown when "The Dog" takes on Denis Douglin on Friday, November 17, 2017 from the Dort Federal Credit Union Center in Flint, Michigan. The bout will air live on FS1 at 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT.