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Super Six Bombshell! Andre Dirrell Has Withdrawn!

Posted by: Mark Vester on 10-07-2010.



Ken Hershman, the general manager of Showtime Sports, has announced that Andre Dirrell has withdrawn from the Super Six Boxing Classic with an injury. The nature of the injury was not disclosed. Hershman said WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward will still fight on November 27 against a replacement opponent.


Dirrell comes on the heels of WBC champion Mikkel Kessler pulling out with an eye injury and being replaced in the tournament by Glen Johnson, who faces Allan Green in the third stage of the Super Six on November 6 in Las Vegas. Green had replaced Jermain Taylor who withdrew after the first stage of the tournament.


There are many who believed all along that Dirrell and Ward, because they are close friends, would never fight each other. When asked for his opinion on the matter, Hershman said "that's not my job" in terms of pursuing whether or not the injury is legit.


"We have a few options on the table" said Hershman, when asked if there is a replacement in mind.


Hershman said there is a chance that the upcoming fight involving Ward could be held "outside of the tournament" because Ward has 4 points in the tournament and advances to the semi-finals, win or lose, based on his score tally. Ward's next fight will likely take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, where his last two bouts have taken place. Ironic since there was a big dispute between the Ward and Dirrell camps over the venue location.


Hershman said "the Super Six will continue and the semi-finals will happen next year."

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if this is true...


edit: looks legit, confirmation from dan rafael of ESPN via twitter:


Showtime has announced Andre Dirrell is out of the Super Six. Tournament now an official disaster. Mystery injury.




Super Six on life support at this point. I mean why go on when half the field has dropped out? Showtime gave its all. Know when to fold 'em


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So the tournament that was to tell us who was the best supermiddleweight in the world, then was only going to tell us which one apart from Bute and Stieglitz, will nowe tell us who's the best out of Ward and Froch. Oh, and Abraham, who wasn't even a supermiddleweight til the tournamnent started.
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Yes, a good idea, but it's not going well. Boxing is a physical sport and fighters do get injured. But, this should be no difference to Prizefighter, maybe even less intense.


I think the competition will run all the way, but don't know what the end result will be; i.e. will the 'best' super-middle in the world scoop the trophy at the end? A moot point I'm sure.....

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I loved the idea of this tournament in pitting the best against one another but it's clear to see that we should not just blame the promoters for beating around the bush and milking their fighters, Dirrell is a clear example that boxers should also share a good portion of the blame, too!


I don't believe he has an injury, Dirrell and Ward are good friends and it's obvious they don't want to fight one another.


There were plenty of hints that the two were uncomfortable about fighting before and this just confirms it for me.


Friendship is friendship and boxing is boxing (or is that business is business?) and the two should have been man enough to put everything to one side for a maximum of 45 minutes but they couldn't, could they.


And this is what's wrong with boxing.


There will always be some excuse or another to avoid putting on the matches we want to see.

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Andre Dirrell out of Super Six tourney

By Dan Rafael


Updated: October 7, 2010, 3:18 PM ET




Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell has withdrawn from Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic due to neurological problems that could end his career, Leon Lawson Jr., Dirrell's uncle and trainer, told ESPN.com on Thursday.


Not only is Dirrell's career in jeopardy, but his medical issues are yet another blow to the fast-fading six-man tournament, which has been beset by numerous delays and has now seen half of the original field withdraw because of injuries: Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor.


Dirrell had been scheduled to fight Andre Ward, his good friend and fellow 2004 U.S. Olympic medal winner, on Nov. 27 in Group Stage 3 of the tournament with a semifinal berth at stake.


Showtime's Ken Hershman announced Dirrell's withdrawal on a teleconference with reporters Thursday, but declined to say what the nature of Dirrell's injury was, instead referring those questions to Dirrell's team. However, Hershman did say that with Dirrell out, the tournament would continue and that Ward would instead defend his 168-pound world title against an opponent to be determined on the date, probably in his hometown of Oakland.


Hershman said Ward's fight might not be a formal tournament bout, however. He said Showtime and the promoters hoped to have a resolution on Ward's opponent and if it would be a tournament fight on Friday. The agreements outlining the tournament rules allow for a fight to take place outside of the tournament.


"We're just making an internal calculation," Hershman said. "We're really trying to preserve the integrity of the tournament."


Ward promoter Dan Goossen did not return phone messages.


Because Ward has already earned enough points to advance to the semifinals, the outcome of his next bout does not impact his standing in the field, although he could lose his title.


"I want to be clear -- the Super Six will go on," Hershman said. "Obviously, we're disappointed by this development, but we still believe in the Super Six. Really, the circumstances we were confronted with were really unprecedented. As a boxing fan and somebody who really believes in the tournament structure, it can't be anything but disappointing."


Lawson said that Dirrell's symptoms of "headaches and dizziness" began shortly after his March fight against Arthur Abraham in Group Stage 2 of the modified round-robin tournament. In that fight, Dirrell was on his way to a lopsided decision when he slipped to the canvas in the 11th round and Abraham nailed him with a flush right hand to the temple while he was down. Dirrell, who never saw the punch coming, was knocked out and declared the winner on a disqualification because of the flagrant foul.


"Andre was saying he was having headaches and dizziness," Lawson said. "My father [Leon Lawson Sr.] and me asked him how long it was going on and he said periodically since after the fight. It was something we suspected. We saw slight changes in his normal being. It alarmed us. We're going to take it serious. He's not only a fighter, he's our family.


"We took him to a doctor and then a neurologist. When we took him to the neurologist, he was alarmed. He said Andre wasn't fit to fight right now. Before he would even consider letting him fight, he would need three months symptom-free. It would get to the point where Andre would have to sit down. He couldn't lay down because [the symptoms] would get worse."


Ward-Dirrell was originally scheduled for Sept. 25, but called off for reasons that were never announced, although a site had never been finalized, no tickets had ever been put on sale and no promotion had ever taken place. There had been rampant speculation that Ward and Dirrell, who are good friends, did not want to fight each other.


However, Lawson denied that was an issue.


"That delay was promoter issues and the site," Lawson said of the Sept. 25 postponement. "But it couldn't have happened then anyway because of [the medical situation]."


Lawson said he understood the speculation about Dirrell and War not wanting to fight.


"For people who say that this is fake or they just didn't want to fight, I understand," Lawson said. "They're just fight fans and want to see a good fight. But you got to understand these are human beings and things like this can happen. Anyone who doubts this at all, just turn on the TV and watch the last fight, and see how he was hit while he was down and defenseless. I was there. I seen it first hand. I was very worried. The cameras didn't show everything. There was some damage done."


Al Haymon, Dirrell's manager, declined to comment when reached by ESPN.com. Promoter Gary Shaw, who said he was informed of the withdrawal on Wednesday and was upset because Showtime did not notify him of Thursday's teleconference, wouldn't discuss the specifics of the injury.


"Andre is out of the tournament because we don't know when he will be available to fight or if he will be available at all," Shaw said. "I hope he's OK, that's the most important thing."


Lawson said he and his father had been concerned about Dirrell since the fight with Abraham.


"He just wasn't the same since that fight," Lawson said. "That's what it's from. It happened in the Abraham fight. The problems definitely came from that. It's not something someone else would notice, but we're family and we noticed things after the Abraham fight. This was something me and my father discussed. So when Andre came to us and told me, my father, his brother [pro fighter Anthony Dirrell] and his wife, it alarmed us because it was already something we were thinking."


Lawson said that Dirrell suffered a concussion against Abraham and that when he recently saw a neurologist, he underwent a battery of tests, including a CAT scan and MRI and MRA exams.


"And the neurologist determined he was unable to fight," Lawson said. "Andre wanted to fight and get back in the ring like any normal fighter. They want to fight. But what's most important is his safety. That's my whole thing. Even his attitude now, we had to tell him, 'Man, you better respect this game.' He just wants to fight, but we told him we got to respect the doctor's opinion. This is not nothing to play with. It's really not a game.


"Of course, Andre is disappointed with it. He just wants to fight. We sat down and told him this is something that has to happen. He has to take a break and maybe come back at a later date."


The first Group Stage 3 bout takes place Nov. 6 with Glen Johnson, who replaced Kessler on Sept. 29, facing Allan Green, who replaced Taylor after Group Stage 1.


Abraham and Carl Froch meet in another Group Stage 3 fight on Nov. 27 in Helsinki, Finland, on the same broadcast on which Ward will fight an opponent to be determined.


"The wind gets taken out of the sails for sure," Hershman said of upheaval. "I can't argue with that. I feel like that. I am sure the fans feel like that."

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finger// to the Super Six.


despite all the problems the fights, fight camp 360 has been great


Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong tbf


As for Dirrell, was harsh on him but fact he has a weak chin and after rewatching Abraham foul several times he wasnt faking, his eyes where all white when being checked and legs kept twitching

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How come we're just hearing about his, that fight was in MARCH!!!! Are they trying to tell me that he walked around with problems for over Six Months and just now went to a neurologist? I find this somewhat hard to believe. Dirrell's Father blames other reasons for putting off the Sept 25th Date, but why were they even in negotiations if his Son's health was in question, and more importantly why would they just leave it open ended like that and allow speculation to run ramplant about the Sept. 25th date? It sounds very questionable.
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I hope all this trouble doesn't put Showtime completely off doing these sorts of tournaments over the next few years. I think the 4 man format is less likely to have problems.


I don't think the problem was not having 4 fighters, the problem all along has been having 5 Promoters mlol/

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