Dirrell-Brinson & Taylor-Soliman this Wednesday, October 8th

By Boxing News - 10/06/2014 - Comments

dirrell445By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBC Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) will be fighting this Wednesday night in a 10 round fight against Nick Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs) on ESPN 2 from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.

Dirrell needs a win here to keep pushing him up the ranks. But what Dirrell really needs is to get ranked high by the other sanctioning bodies, because his brother Anthony Dirrell is the current WBC super middleweight champion, and Andre clearly isn’t going to face his own brother.

I don’t see anyone talented enough to unseat Anthony as the WBC champion, so Andre is going to need to look to go after the straps held by IBF/WBC champion Carl Froch or WBO champion Arthur Abraham.

This will be a showcase fight for Dirrell this Wednesday against Brinson, as this is a fight that is expected to be a one-sided affair. There’s not too many fighters in the division that can give Dirrell problems right now so it’s not surprising that his fight against Brinson will be easy one.

The only guy that I can see giving Dirrell problems is Andre Ward, but I believe Dirrell would beat him as well due to his speed, movement and defensive skills. Brinson will be a nice stay busy fight for Dirrell this week so that he can get a few rounds in before he lowers the boom on him and takes him out.

In the main event on the card, the talented former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) takes on IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs). This is the big chance for the 36-year-old Taylor to beat the aging 40-year-old Soliman, capture his IBF strap, and then move forward to some big money fights against the likes of Gennady Golovkin and/or Miguel Cotto in the near future.

“Jermain has an awful lot of experience and he’s fought just about every different kind of style that’s out there and every type of style that you can imagine,” said Taylor’s trainer Pat Burns to RingTV.com. “We’ll just see how it plays out. We have two or three different game plans that we can use, so we’ll be fine,” Burns said.

Taylor may need to switch to plan-B and plan-C against the tricky Soliman in this fight because Soliman is someone that attacks from so many different angles. Taylor will need to be able to shift into another plan if what he’s doing isn’t working well.

I expect Taylor to be able to catch Soliman with a big shot sooner or later and then take him out quickly. It might take Taylor a number of rounds to figure out Soliman’s style, but once he does then it’ll be over quickly. Soliman won’t be able to stand up to Taylor’s power for long once he starts nailing him with shots.

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