Written By Bakari Simpson: This Friday 17, Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KO’s), of the famed Dirrell Brothers, returns to action. His super-middleweight slugfest, against Denis “Mama’s Boy” Douglin (20-5, 13 KO’s), will be held in the Dort Federal Event Center. FOX Sport 1 will televise the bout live at 10:30pm ET. The match staged in his hometown of Flint, Michigan a personal cherry on top for Anthony Dirrell. Presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Anthony’s third professional prize-fight contested in Flint. The last time was in 2011 against Donte Craig. During his most recent ring appearance, earlier this year in January, the Dog rag-dolled an overmatched Norbert Nemesapati (24-4). The bout began evenly enough, however Nemsapati suffered a rapid loss in vigor and punch output. In the end, Norbert might as well have been Eddie Murphy’s Norbit. The game Hungarian simply had no answers for Anthony’s maniacally intense pressure attack. In the face of damage Norbert was absorbing, combined with his lack of offense, the officials stepped in. Referee James Warring, at the advice of the ring doctor, squelched the fight in between rounds six and seven.
The Norbert conquest marked Dirrell’s third consecutive win since losing to Badou Jack.
After their rematch, Anthony Dirrell usurped the WBC super-middleweight title from Sakio Bika by way of unanimous decision. Anthony felt vindicated and that their initial draw was now ‘corrected as new WBC champ.’ Unfortunately, the good times would not last. In his first title defense, against Badou Jack aka “The Ripper” (18-1-1, 12 KO’s,) Anthony’s WBC super-middleweight strap was torn from his possession. The all action bout, albeit a heart-breaking affair, stands as Dirrell’s only professional blemish. Having resumed his winning ways, Anthony hopes a Flint win inches him closer to a title shot.
For his part, Mama’s Boy believes he will return the Dog to the losing column. This is when the five losses, four by knockout, leap off his record. Douglin acknowledges them but largely attributes them to poor circumstance. Douglin is attempting to pull a Tevin Farmer by righting a career that got very off course. Only time will tell if Denis is able to pull off the major feat.
“I’ve taken a lot of fights on short notice and that’s hurt me in the past, but I’ve had ample time and a great training camp to prepare for this fight. I think Dirrell has a problem with guys who aren’t afraid of him and who will actually give him a fight. With my style and determination, I’m going to bring a lot more than he’s expecting. I’m going to bring it for 10 rounds, and I know I’ll have my arm raised at the end of the day.” -Denis Douglin
For whatever its worth, Denis has mainly been concussed by the better fighters in the division. Mama’s Boy was stopped by George Groves, David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo. All three have reigned as world champions. However, Denis did suffer a TKO loss to Doel Carrasquillo (14-17-1) back in 2011. Heading into this match up the smart money is on the Dog, but in his crazy sport, you just never know what will happen next.
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