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.