Andre Dirrell in action against Biosse tomorrow night on ESPN
By Scott Gilfoid: American boxing fans will get to blazing fast super middleweight Andre Dirrell this Friday night against the hard hitting and determined Vladine Biosse in a 10 round bout on ESPN from the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington, USA.
Dirrell will be looking to show his stuff to fans by adding Biosse’s scalp to his resume to get him tuned up for a march on one of the 168 pound world titles. Dirrell, 31, hasn’t said which world strap he’s targeting first, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the ones that IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch has in his possession.
Dirrell’s hand speed and defensive skills will make it difficult for Biosse to land any of his power shots on Friday night. It’ll be interesting though to see how well Biosse does against Dirrell compared to how Biosse looked in his recent fight against Callum Smith earlier this month in losing by a 10 round decision on July 12th in Liverpool, UK.
Biosse was able to land some really big shots to the head and midsection of Smith, and he had him backing off on many instances in the fight. Biosse would have had a good chance of winning the fight if he had a little more size to him. Smith looked like a light heavyweight in the ring compared to him, and that obviously contributed to Biosse losing the fight. Dirrell is a lot faster, slicker and better defensively than Callum Smith, so it should be a good test to see how Dirrell does against Biosse tomorrow night.
Now that Dirrell has the well-known and well respected Al Haymon as his adviser, he’s likely to get pushed up the super middleweight rankings in lightning fashion and be within striking distance of a world title shot by sometime next year. It’ll likely take just one good win over a top 15 contender to get Dirrell up to a top 5 rankings.
From there, he can fight in an eliminator against one of the top contenders to get locked into a world title shot. Dirrell is obviously too good for him to be getting selected by one of the champions for an optional title defense.
This is just a tune-up bout for Dirrell, but that doesn’t remove the fact that he absolutely must win this fight if he wants to rebuild his career. A setback here in this fight would be a huge blow to his career.
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