Andre Dirrell wants Bute in U.S; leaves Shaw & Haymon to become own promoter
By Scott Gilfoid: According to RingTV, super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) has left his promoter Gary Shaw along with advisor Al Haymon to become his own promoter with Team Dirrell. His uncle/trainer Leon Lawson Jr. will oversee the promotional company.
This is big news for Dirrell because he’s back in action after a 21 month layoff and he’s on the verge of getting some really big fights and if he’s acting as his own promoter with his uncle’s help, that obviously means more money for them along with a greater freedom to choose the kinds of fights he wants to make.
One of those fights that the talented 28-year-old Dirrell badly wants is IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. However, Lawson Jr. would like for it to take place in the United States rather than in Canada where Bute fights all of his fights.
Earlier today, it was learned that SHOWTIME wanted Bute to fight Dirrell next on their network to show American fans an exciting fight. However, Bute and his promoters at InterBox decided they preferred Carl Froch next for Bute instead of the speedy and very dangerous Dirrell and it’s easy to see why.
Froch doesn’t have one punch power like Dirrell and he’s not hard to hit or lightening quick and the other champions and is basically made to order for Bute.
Dirrell was pleased to know that SHOWTIME had faith in him and his abilities. Dirrell told RingTV “It just lets me know that I’m on the same level as Bute and the other champions out there.”
Lawson would like to get Bute to come to the United States to fight Dirrell when the time comes. It’s obviously a lot safer for Dirrell to face Bute here than it would be if Dirrell went to Canada where he might be put in a situation where he would need a knockout to get a win.
Dirrell may have problems getting Bute to fight him, though, because the Romanian has never fought anyone that was blazing fast and talented like Dirrell and hasn’t much of a drive to face anyone like that. Bute had the chance today but instead they opted to look for a fight against the painfully slow Froch next. By the way, Froch just got totally beaten by Andre Ward so what does that tell you?