James Degale vs. Andre Dirrell started surprisingly early tonight. And I thought DeGale got an early stoppage win.
British Olympic gold medalist James DeGale almost had a short work on American Andre Dirrell for their super middleweight bout at the Agganis Arena, Boston on PBC on NBC.
DeGale (21-1, 14KO’s) dropped Dirrell twice in second round for a clear 10-7 round. A hard left from DeGale dropped Dirrell like a sack of potatoes. Dirrell got up, only to visit the canvass again around 18 seconds remaining in the round. If the knockdown happened early in the round, DeGale could be in the UK before 8 p.m. Dirrell was on shaky legs going back to his corner.
“I’m fine! I’m fine!” exclaims Dirrell to his somewhat panicking corner.
Surprisingly in the third, it looked like there’s no sign of a brutal twin knockdown Dirrell endured in the second round. He landed couple of jabs and a solid left. He was able to re-establish composure.
Dirrell (24-2, 16KO’s) was able to recover instantly and started re-grouping and chipping DeGale’s early lead from round 4 onward. As the fight went on, Dirrell’s confident was growing. I have the fight a draw in the championship round.
In the final two rounds Degale took over and landed the harder blows and won those two rounds. DeGale won via unanimous decision with the scores of 114-112, 114-122 and 117-109. The result was right. The two judges got it right. But 117-109 was not fine.