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Anthony Dirrell News
Former 168-LB Champ Anthony Dirrell faces top contender Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC belt Feb. 23 on FS1
Minnesota native and once-beaten welterweight contender Jamal James clashes with Janer Gonzalez in a special hometown attraction on the card that takes place at The Armory in Minneapolis.
Eight title bouts and the first-ever PBC on FOX pay-per-view highlight press conference announcing fight cards through April 2019.
Former super middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell looking for one last title fight before he calls it a career.
Anthony Dirrell Fights
Win vs Abraham Han 26-3-1
Apr 28, 2018 • Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Abraham HanAA by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Denis Douglin 20-0-5
Nov 17, 2017 • Dort Federal Credit Union Center, Flint, Michigan
Anthony Dirrell AA WINS against Denis DouglinDD by TD in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Denis Douglin 20-5-0
Nov 17, 2017 • Dort Federal Event Center, Flint, Michigan, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Denis DouglinDD by TD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Norbert Nemesapati 24-4-0
Jan 13, 2017 • Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Norbert NemesapatiNN by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Caleb Truax
Apr 29, 2016 • Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Caleb TruaxCC by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Marco Antonio Rubio
Sep 06, 2015 • American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Marco Antonio RubioMM by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Badou Jack 18-1-1
Apr 24, 2015 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Anthony DirrellAA LOSES to Badou JackBB by MD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Badou Jack 18-1-1
Apr 24, 2015 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Badou JackBB WINS against Anthony DirrellAA by MD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Sakio Bika 32-5-3
Aug 16, 2014 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Sakio BikaSS LOSES to Anthony DirrellAA by UD in Round 12 of 12
Draw vs Sakio Bika 32-5-2
Dec 07, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Sakio BikaSS DRAWS with Anthony DirrellAA 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 DirrellAA WINS against Anthony HanshawAA 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 DirrellAA WINS against Don MoutonDD 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 DirrellAA WINS against Renan St JusteRR 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 DirrellAA WINS against Kevin EngelKK by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Dante Craig 18-9-1
Jul 02, 2011 • Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Dante CraigDD by KO in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Alberto Mercedes 14-17-1
May 13, 2011 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Alberto MercedesAA by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Daryl Salmon 16-5-0
Oct 15, 2010 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Daryl SalmonDD 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 DirrellAA WINS against Jimmy CampbellJJ 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 DirrellAA WINS against Alfredo ContrerasAA 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 DirrellAA WINS against Alexander Pacheco QuirozAA by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Jose Medina 14-12-0
Feb 14, 2009 • BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Jose MedinaJJ by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Robert Kliewer 9-6-2
Dec 05, 2008 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Robert KliewerRR 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 DirrellAA WINS against Andy MavrosAA 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 DirrellAA WINS against James HopkinsJJ by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Billy Thompson 8-5-0
Sep 02, 2006 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Billy ThompsonBB by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs James Morrow 9-2-2
Jun 23, 2006 • Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against James MorrowJJ 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 DirrellAA WINS against Juan Carlos RamosJJ by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Chris Grays 6-8-0
Dec 17, 2005 • The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Chris GraysCC 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 DirrellAA WINS against Yameen I MuhammadYY by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Gabriel Rivera 4-0-0
Aug 13, 2005 • The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Gabriel RiveraGG by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Mike Walthier 0-2-0
Apr 29, 2005 • The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Mike WalthierMM 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 DirrellAA WINS against Larry BrothersLL by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Dewayne Warren 0-0-0
Feb 11, 2005 • Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Anthony DirrellAA WINS against Dewayne WarrenDD 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 DirrellAA WINS against Henry DukesHH by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Anthony Dirrell 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.