Abraham vs Dirrell: Keys to the Motor City

By Rik Hine - Apparently the Leopard doesn’t change its spots but the same can’t be said of Andre Dirrell. If his last fight is any indication he’s metamorphosed from the future of the Super Middleweights to a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ wannabe. Unless he’s had another change of heart, he’ll have it snatched from him tonight by Arthur Abraham, in the second round of the Showtime Super Six tourney. ‘King’ Arthur on the other hand, will do exactly what he’s done the last thirty-one times he’s entered the squared circle. He’ll start slowly, hands held high, and patiently stalk his opponent. Abraham is surprisingly fast when he actually opens up and only six of his opponents have heard the final bell. Don’t figure on him changing his formula any time soon..

abraham dirrellDirrell came close to unseating Champion Carl Froch last year in Nottingham, and whilst he was way too fast for the pedestrian ‘Cobra,’ he just didn’t do quite enough; his constant complaining to the referee, and his un-enforced visits to the canvas didn’t help his cause. Arguable though the decision was, Robin Hood was hardly in the house.

Much has been made of the notion that the Matrix could have won the fight by trading in the last two rounds. This is fine as far as it goes but this kind of revisionary history is always more interesting when we remember that Froch may have hit him back. If you want to know what happened the last time Dirrell mixed it up with an opponent ask Anthony Hanshaw about the opening few minutes of their fight.

Nonetheless, Dirrell has now mixed with the big boys. He must know that he has just the kind of skill set to beat a slower, squat fighter like ‘King’ Arthur. Self-belief is the key.

I think that ‘The Matrix’ can come out on top tonight, possibly with a wide points win. The problem is that I don’t think Dirrell does. Long live the King.

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Article posted on 26.03.2010

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