DETROIT (March 28, 2010) — Andre Dirrell turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic upside down and handed previously undefeated Arthur Abraham his first loss on an 11th-round disqualification Saturday in a fight at the Joe Louis Arena during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME® that ended in bedlam with family, friends, officials and team members of both camps in the ring.
Article posted on 28.03.2010
Referee Laurence Cole stopped a Group Stage 2 bout in which Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., had performed magnificently at 1:13 of the 11th after Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) connected with a sweeping right hand while Dirrell, who had slipped in Abraham’s corner, was down on one knee.
At the time of the disqualification, Dirrell was ahead by the scores of 98-91 and 97-92 twice. He was taken from the ring to the hospital for observation.
By winning, Dirrell became the fourth hometown fighter to triumph in as many tournament fights. He scored the bout’s lone knockdown in the fourth round, although Abraham, who was bleeding from the right eye, thought he had scored a knockdown in the ninth that the referee missed.
With the victory in the first of three Group Stage 2 fights, Dirrell earned his first two points in the tournament. Abraham remains the tournament leader with three points..
Until he was knocked unconscious from the late hit, Dirrell had boxed beautifully, switching effectively from orthodox to southpaw throughout.
But Abraham, a notorious slow starter, was rallying. He said the foul was unintentional.
“He did not go down. I shouldn’t be DQ’d for this,’’ the favored Abraham told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray in the ring afterward.
Later, at the post-fight press conference, Abraham added, “I was not looking at his feet. I was looking at his eyes.
“If you are a professional boxer, you look for every opportunity to knock out your opponent. You do not wait for him to recover. But I wish Andre Dirrell well and hope he is OK.’’
Group Stage 2 bouts in the Super Six World Boxing Classic resume on Saturday, April 24, and Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME.
Undefeated Carl “The Cobra’’ Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) of Nottingham, England, will defend his WBC 168-pound title against former WBA 168-pound champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) of Denmark on SHOWTIME (9 p.m., ET/PT, same-day delay) from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark, on April 24 while undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., will make his first title defense against world-ranked contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., on June 19 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC SCOREBOARD
Record Fighter Points
1-1 Arthur Abraham 3
1-1 Andre Dirrell 2
1-0 Carl Froch 2
1-0 Andre Ward 2
0-1 Mikkel Kessler 0
0-0 Allan Green 0
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Steve Albert, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver called Saturday’s action with Jim Gray reporting from ringside. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins with Bob Dunphy directing.
Saturday’s bout, which was co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Sauerland Event, will re-air:
Monday, March 29, 10 p.m. ET/PT SHOWTIME 2
The fight will be available On Demand beginning Tuesday, March 30.
SHOWTIME Boxing Schedule: ShoBox: The New Generation returns next Friday, April 2 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when promising, undefeated Cuban junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs) faces veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the co-feature of a Golden Boy Promotions-promoted event, Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KOs) meets Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight match.
In a battle of unbeaten super middleweights in the ShoBox main event Friday, April 30, at the UCI Center in Chicago (11 p.m. ET/PT), Marcus Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) will be opposed by Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round match. Edwin Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound clash in the co-feature.
The fourth installment in what perhaps has already been the greatest boxing trilogy of all-time: Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez, will take place in the main event of “Once And Four All’’ on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, May 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. “Magnifico’’ Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) of Huntington Park, Calif., by way of Mexico City, leads Mexico City’s Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) in the epic series, 2-1, winning the last two. In a tremendous collision of undefeated bantamweights, Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) will defend his IBF title against Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs).
For information on all SHOWTIME Sports telecasts, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries from its events and complete information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic, please visit the website at http://www.sports.sho.com