Dirrell to put on a speed clinic tomorrow night against Cunningham
By Scott Gilfoid: If you want to see blazing high octane hand and foot speed then you need to tune in to SHOWTIME tomorrow night to see the incredibly fast Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO’s) back in action against Darryl Cunningham (24-2, 10 KO’s) in a fight that’s almost guaranteed to end with Cunningham flat on his back on the canvas wondering what hit him.
Dirrell hasn’t fought since last year and will be looking to showcase his talent in front of the entire world. Dirrell isn’t happy that he missed out on the finals of the Super Six tournament because he felt it should have been him that faced Andre Ward instead of Carl Froch.
Barring any more hometown decision losses like the one Dirrell suffered against Froch in 2009, Dirrell would have cruised through the rest of the Super Six tournament following the Arthur Abraham fight to get to the finals against Ward.
On Friday, Dirrell has got to not just look good, he’s got to look great in beating Cunningham for him to be taken seriously by a lot of the doubters who seem him as a quitter. He’s not a quitter and the injury Dirrell sustained in the Abraham fight was a legitimate one.
But this is why Dirrell is going to have to not just coast through this fight and be content with beating an overmatched opponent by a lopsided 10 round decision. Dirrell has to really put him Floyd Mayweather Jr. style by pot shotting and throwing a lot of flurries to get him out of there.
Dirrell knows that all the top fighters in the super middleweight division are going to be watching his fight against Cunningham to see if they can smell any weaknesses they might exploit in the future and also to see if Dirrell still has it.
I think Dirrell’s fans aren’t going to like what they see in him because of how good he looks. It will be as if Dirrell never left and will really open some eyes tomorrow with his speed and power display.