Andre Dirrell figured to be a bit rusty Friday night following a nearly yearlong ring absence. Sure enough, he took a knee after getting caught with a sneaky shot from fellow southpaw Blake Caparello in Round 2.
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.
Andre Dirrell was understandably dejected following his narrow loss to England’s James DeGale on May 23 in a fight for a vacant 168-pound world title.
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.