Andre Dirrell: Froch didn’t beat me
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs) is targeting IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) for a rematch. Dirrell has been talking about wanting to fight Froch again since earlier this year when Dirrell emerged from a year and a half layoff.
In 2009, Dirrell lost a controversial 12 round split decision to Froch in the British fighter’s own hometown in Nottingham, UK. Dirrell is hoping that he can get a rematch against Froch before he retires in 2014. Unfortunately for Dirrell, the only fight that Froch wants is a bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for some reason rather than against Dirrell, Andre Ward or Gennady Golovkin.
Fighting Chavez Jr makes no sense at all because Chavez Jr was already exposed by Sergio Martinez, and since that fight, Chavez Jr has struggled in two fights against middleweight Brian Vera. I mean, Chavez Jr hasn’t even fought a super middleweight yet, because his introductory fight at 168 was against Vera rather than an actual super middleweight.
Vera, a 2nd tier fighter, was arguably robbed in his first fight against Chavez Jr. Vera definitely lost the 2nd fight, but it was still fairly close. Why Froch would want to fight Chavez Jr at this point is hard to understand other than it being a case of Froch having a good chance of winning. It just looks like Froch wants an opponent that he feels he has a good chance of beating. That wouldn’t be the case if Froch were to fight the likes of Golovkin, Dirrell or Ward.
“I’m just hoping we can definitely get that fight to happen…He can say he beat me…but the world knows I didn’t lose that fight,” Dirrell said to Fighthype.com “That’s a question mark for Froch. They can say he beat Dirrell, but can they really say it? I’ll have the perfect game plan for Froch and I really want to display it.”
I have no doubts that Dirrell would beat Froch in a rematch if he were to agree to fight him. Dirrell had Froch looking like he had two feet in their fight in 2009. Dirrell says he would mix it up with Froch in the rematch rather than using a lot of movement, because he feels he could still beat Froch by standing in front of him.