Anthony Dirrell entered Friday’s 169-pound clash with Caleb Truax two fights removed from being dethroned as a champion. It didn’t take long for the 31-year-old to prove he’s still worthy of wearing the crown—and prove it he did in a big way.
Long ago, Leon “Bumper” Lawson made two predictions about his grandsons, Andre and Anthony Dirrell: that they would become top amateur fighters and, one day, world champions. The brothers made good on the former prophecy and are working doggedly to bring the latter to reality—and soon.
Man on a mission: As he preps for Caleb Truax, Anthony Dirrell is determined to regain his 168-pound title
Anthony Dirrell was confident of winning his first 168-pound championship defense last April against Badou Jack, a man who was two bouts removed from a 61-second stoppage loss to unheralded Derek Edwards.
The last time brothers Andre and Anthony Dirrell fought on the same night, Barack Obama was barely 60 days into his first term as president. That drought is about to end.
Golden Gloves runner-up and unbeaten professional Jamal James (17-0, 9 KOs) will take on Dominican heavy hitter Juan Carlos Abreu (18-1-1, 17 KOs) in a battle of 147-pounders in the main event on tonight’s Bounce TV card from Full Sail Live in Winter Park, Florida.
It can’t all be the grind. While normally, Austin Trout is busy trying to climb to the top of the 154-pound division, the fighter found himself front and center of the action August 2 when he served as the ringside analyst for the Bounce TV broadcast of the Juan Carlos Payano-Rau’shee Warren brawl in Winter Park, Florida.
Caleb Truax is looking to rebound after being knocked out for the first time in his career. Fernando Guerrero is hoping to gain some traction after splitting his last four fights.