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.
After coming up short Saturday in his second attempt at a 168-pound world title, Andre Dirrell was still a winner when he arrived home Sunday.
When James DeGale’s booming left hand sent Andre Dirrell to the canvas with 25 seconds remaining in the second round, followed 16 seconds later by a second knockdown, the Englishman established The Moment in Saturday’s 168-pound title bout.
It almost seemed a cruel juxtaposition to make Andre Dirrell and James DeGale weigh in for their fight in front of Boston’s historic marketplace Faneuil Hall on Friday.
With his grandsons growing up fatherless in Flint, Michigan, Leon Lawson devised a tough-love remedy they couldn’t escape. Rather than suffer the hard knocks of the inner city, Andre and Anthony Dirrell endured the Joe Byrd Boxing Academy.
James DeGale is ready for Saturday’s 168-pound title fight against Andre Dirrell, boasting of improved punching power and a full recovery from surgery in December 2013.
On paper, this weekend’s fight between Andre Dirrell and James DeGale shapes up as a clash of southpaws. That will be true in the ring, too, at least until one of them makes the switch.