By Adam Laiolo: Our star is on the wane, whether we like it or not. Our sport is in grave danger of disappearing into obscurity. With UK firm Setanta going into administration, ESPN Wednesday Night Fights being pulled and rumors of HBO having trouble paying out for the biggest fights, boxing needs an injection of adrenaline. Cutting through all the politics between rival promotion companies, more belts than you can shake a stick at and whole divisions in a complete mess, something has got to give.
By Scott Gilfoid: With the latest news about Carl Froch taking part in the planned upcoming super middleweight tourney by Showtime, I don’t like Froch’s chances in the tournament for any of success. In fact, I see Froch getting beaten by every opponent that he’s put in there with aside from Jermain Taylor. Froch, 31, will be facing Andre Dirrell in the first bout of the tournament on October 10th.
By Jason Kim: A number of super middleweights will be getting a huge chance to prove themselves in a prospective super middleweight tournament that Showtime, the U.S. cable network, is in the planning stages to get up involving the best fighters in the division such as Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell.
by Chris Williams: Unbeaten super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) went a long ways towards proving that he’s one of the top fighters in the division – if not already the best – when he destroyed Derrick Findley in a 6th round stoppage on Saturday night at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma. Dirrell, 24, a 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist for the United States, literally toyed with his opponent Findley for six rounds until the fight was mercifully stopped in the 6th by Gary Ritter.
By Sam Gregory: In the main event undefeated southpaw Andre Dirrell who is going into tonight’s fight with a record of 17 wins, 12 by KO and no loses, faces Derrick “Superman” Findley with a record of 13 wins with 2 loses and 8 KO’s in a scheduled 10 round bout in the super middleweight division.
By Jim Dower: After two consecutive losses to Kelly Pavlik, former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) appears to be once again fighting well having moved up to the super middleweight division where he recently defeated Jeff Lacy by a 12-round unanimous decision in a WBC Super Middleweight Title Eliminator in November. At the new 168 pound weight class, Taylor looked good, not showing signs of endurance problems that have affected him in recent years in fights against Cory Spinks, Kelly Pavlik and Kassim Ouma.
By Jim Dower: Undefeated super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (17-0, 12 KOs) put on an impressive display of power punching and speed against #6th ranked World Boxing Organization contender Victor Oganov (28-2, 28 KOs), stopping him in the 6th round of a scheduled 12-round bout in the WBO Super Middleweight Title Eliminator bout on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. Also on the line was the vacant WBO NABO super middleweight title. The fight was stopped in the 6th round after Dirrell, 26, nailed Oganov with a left uppercut followed by a powerful left hook that drove Oganov to the ropes where he covered up.
However, he appeared perfectly okay, making the ending of the fight seem rather odd to say the least. In fact, Oganov had been fighting well in the previous round, landing some power hooks and right hands to the head. The ending, though, seemed fitting with the strange way that the fight had been refereed. In the 4th round, Dirrell was dropped to the canvas by a left hand that seemed to be low. However, the referee failed to give Dirrell, who was wincing badly in pain from the apparently low blow, time to recover from the shot.
By Jason Kim: Undefeated super middleweight prospect Andre Dirrell (16-0, 11 KOs) recorded a sudden 4th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Mike Paschall (17-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington. Dirrell, 25, a former middleweight Bronze medal winner for the U.S> at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, struggled with the aggressive southpaw Paschall for the first three rounds, until landing a blazing straight left hand in the 4th round that knocked Paschall to the canvas on his back. He got up immediately, blood streaming from the center of his forehead from a large, deep cut that dripped blood constantly down into his eyes and across his nose.
The referee immediately stopped the action and had the ringside doctor examine the large cut and after a short period of time, he signaled for referee Robert Howard to stop the fight which he immediately did at 1:32 of the 4th round. Initially, it appeared that Dirrell had broken Paschall’s nose, as the left hand from Dirrell landed square on Paschall’s nose, not his forehead. However, the impact of the punch appeared to flatten Paschall’s nose upon impact, causing his skin of his face to tighten and rip in the process. As deep as long as the cut was, it was doubtful that Paschall’s corner would have any luck in stopping the constant flow of blood that was streaming from the cut down across his face and into his eyes.
By Chris Stein: Former 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist for United States Andre Dirrell (15-0, 10 KOs) overcame a shaky start in the first round, in which he was pummeled by Anthony Hanshaw (21-2-1, 14 KOs), to come back later and stop Hanshaw in the 5th round. Along the way, Dirrell, 25, knocked Hanshaw down in the 4th round, although it appeared to be more of a push than a legitimate knockdown. It didn’t matter, because Hanshaw, 30, absorbed a great deal of punishment in the 4th and 5th rounds, before the fight was stopped after Dirrell hurt him and knocked him into the ropes where referee Pat Russell did the right thing and stepped in to stop the bout.
In the 1st round, it looked as if it were going to be an early night for Hanshaw as he trapped Dirrell against the ropes in the first 10 seconds of the round, hitting him with a hard combination that landed flush, causing Dirrell to ricochet off the ropes and touch the canvas with both gloves. The referee, partially blocked from seeing the action, missed the knockdown and let the fight resume without scoring it as a knockdown for Hanshaw. For the remainder of the round, Hanshaw spent the time overpowering the weaker Dirrell with big shots to the head with both lefts and rights and connecting often. Dirrell wasn’t helping himself any by standing with his back against the ropes and trying to counter punch.
By Chet Mills: Still smarting from his close loss to the great Roy Jones Jr. in July 2007, super middleweight Anthony Hanshaw (21-1, 14 KOs) tests his skills against another tough opponent, this one the unbeaten Andre Dirrell (14-0, 9 KOs) tonight at the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California. Hanshaw, 30, the 1998 National Golden Gloves welterweight champion and the 2000 United States Amateur light middleweight champion, has shown exceptional ability in his short career, beating tough super middleweights like Lafarrell Bunting and Esteban Camou.
Following that, he fought John Paul Mendy to a draw in one of the most exciting fights in 2007. However, his best performance was against Roy Jones Jr., who he fought tooth and nail in their July 2007 bout. Hanshaw looked good in the fight, outworking Jones, then 38, the entire fight and keeping him pinned to the ropes during most of the bout. However, Hanshaw made the mistake of letting his defense lapse for a second and was staggered and then dropped by Jones after he was bumped by him in the 11th round. Despite the knockdown, Hanshaw appeared to win most of the other rounds of the fight, by virtue of keeping Jones trapped on the ropes, absorbing huge punishment from Hanshaw.