Andre Dirrell: Tell Froch to come to America; I’m not going to Nottingham again
By Scott Gilfoid: If former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) doesn’t decide on signing a two fight contract with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 4 KO’s) for fights in April and August this year, then Froch might want to look at facing Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) again because Dirrell is very interested in avenging his highly controversial 12 round split decision loss from 2009.
Dirrell told eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio program “Come to America [Froch]. I ain’t saying come to Michigan. I ain’t saying come to my backyard. Come to America, because I’m not going back out there to fight that man. We all know I beat Carl Froch…just bring it to neutral ground and let’s do this, and I guarantee you I’ll handle my business just like I did last time.”
I had Dirrell beating Froch by an 8 rounds to 3 with 1 even score. It was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen before in my life. No way did Froch deserve that win, but then again Froch was fighting at home in Nottingham, England, so I guess it’s expected that he’s going to get a gift decision.
It wasn’t just the decision Froch got away with in that fight; he was also fouling like a madman, throwing Dirrell to the canvas, holding and hitting, nailing him with rabbit shots, you name it. I thought I was watching an MMA fight for a second with one guy fighting in the MMA style (Froch), and the other guy (Dirrell) as the traditional boxer. That referee let Froch get away with pretty much everything he wanted to in that fight in terms of fouling. Dirrell bravely fought on despite being tossed around by Froch like a ragdoll.
Dirrell’s attempts to get the referee to actually do something to stop Froch from fouling were completely ignored. Dirrell was out there on his own, and had to battle Froch the best he could under the circumstances. I thought Dirrell looked very impressive in that fight, as boxed circles around Froch and schooled him badly.
Dirrell wasn’t happy at the news that Froch could fight IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute next. Dirrell think that’s a bad idea for Froch, and sees Bute out-boxing him for a decision. I agree. Bute is a bad matchup for Froch style-wise and I can’t see Froch winning that fight no matter how he fights. Dirrell thinks Froch will give Bute some problems but ultimately he still sees Bute winning.
I can’t see Froch wanting to get back in the ring with Dirrell again. Froch went life and death with the then 26-year-old Dirrell in 2009, and Dirrell is so much better now then he was then. If Froch came to the U.S to fight Dirrell, he wouldn’t be able to get away with his tricks. The referee would disqualify him if he tries fouling Dirrell like he did last time.