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Andre Dirrell Returns Friday, Dec. 30, On ShoBox Tripleheade


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NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Andre Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.


Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007.


The ShoBox main event will spotlight another comeback — that of former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. Taylor will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.


In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, meets southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights.


Dirrell anticipates challenging for a world title in 2012 but for now the 2004 Olympic Games bronze medalist is content to be fighting again and focused on Dec. 30.


“I’ve been waiting for this for the longest time,’’ he said. “(The time off) seemed like forever.’’


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I can't really warm to the guy after the super 6 fiasco.

It will take a lot to sway my opinion of him, but there's no doubt the guy has ability, in particular his handspeed.

Time will tell if he'll make it to the top, but imo, he has a lot of bridges to build before he can get there.

I suspect that he'll get very few supporters outwith the US for the timebeing...

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I'm not sure what to make of the claims he faked it (the fact he and his family seemed unable to remember the name of the neurologist allegedkly treating him was interesting) - if he did, he deserves credit for carrying the act through almost 2 years.


The most fascinating thing about the whole incident was that Showtime 360 video with the family when all of a sudden Grandpa just out of the blue starts talking about needing a lawyer present ?//

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