Andre Dirrell vs. Milton Nunez this Saturday, February 2nd
By Scott Gilfoid: Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) finally has an opponent for his fight this Saturday night at the Convention Center, in McAllen, Texas, USA. Dirrell, 29, will be facing the tough Milton Munez (25-6-1, 23 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round tune-up bout.
Dirrell will be fighting for the first time since his 2nd round knockout win over a year ago against Darryl Cunningham in December 2011. Dirrell missed the entire 2012 year with problems with a number of issues. However, he’s ready to fight now, and he should be able to get back into the super middleweight pack fairly easily and challenging for one or more of the titles really soon.
Dirrell said to Chris Byrd’s Youtube show “People don’t realize that I want to fight just as much as they want to see me, but the opportunities have just been so small and me getting my outside of the ring situation together was just a little difficult.”
Nunez, a fighter from Colombia, has been in with a number of quality fighters like Gennady Golovkin, Matt Korobov, Deandre Latimore and Jorge Melendez. He’s lost to them all but he still has good talent and excellent power. Nunez isn’t a low quality fighter. The guy has got some talent, and his power is second to none.
Dirrell can’t let Nunez land his shots all night because he could have problems if he’s able to make contact on a consistent basis. It’s not likely that Nunez will be able to land much against Dirrell because his Matrix-like defense makes it incredibly tough for any fighter to land anything on him. I mean, look at what Dirrell did against Carl Froch.
Dirrell didn’t let the British fighter lay a glove on him almost the entire night, and was ducking and dodging his shots with ease. It was a great performance from Dirrell.
Nunez should be a good test for Dirrell for as long as the fight goes. I expect Dirrell to get Nunez out fairly early if Dirrell sits down on his punches the same way he did in his last fight against Cunningham. Dirrell looked like he’d gotten a lot stronger in his time off.