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Dirrell vs. Ward – No fight this Saturday

Andre Dirrell Andre WardBy Scott Gilfoid: The talented Americans Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) and Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO’s) were supposed to be fighting this Saturday in their semifinal Super Six tournament fight to decide who would be facing the winner of the Carl Froch vs. Arthur Abraham semifinal match. However, Ward and Dirrell’s promoters have been able to agree on a venue for this exciting fight. As such, we still don’t know when the Ward-Dirrell fight will be taking place.

Showtime reportedly served legal papers to both Dirrell and Ward’s management team and are insistent that the fight still take place. It is hoped that the bout can happen next month in October. It would be unthinkable if this fight weren’t to take place because the winner of this fight is likely going to be the eventual Super Six winner. I mean there’s still the Froch-Abraham fight that needs to take place, but Dirrell already pretty handled both of those guys and Ward would likely do the same thing if given the chance. Gary Shaw, Dirrell’s promoter, had this to say to ESPN: “I don’t know, but as far as I know that Goosen and me have been put on notice that the fight has to go or we would be in breach.”

It’s a bad match-up with Dirrell and Ward fighting each other now. It should have been each of them taking on the European fighters with the winners of those fights going at it in the finals. But what can you say. You have to take what’s given to you. I see this fight still happening. They just need to have it take place in a neutral venue, like the Froch vs. Abraham fight. It’s difficult to pick the winner of the Ward-Dirrell fight because both of them have such amazing boxing skills. Ward has breezed through his two fights in the Super Six tournament but he’s had the benefit of fighting at home for both of his fights. Had Dirrell fought both of his fights at home, he’d likely be 2-0. But whatever the case, it doesn’t matter anymore. If Ward or Dirrell lose this fight, they’re out of the tournament. This is do or die time.

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