‘KING’ ARTHUR ABRAHAM DISQUALIFIED
"The Matrix" Andre Dirrell defeated IBF middleweight world champion
"King" Arthur Abraham by an 11th round disqualification in the second
stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Detroit, Michigan,
Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw who won the middleweight bronze
medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, had dominated Abraham
(31-1, 25 KOs) and he was ahead on the scorecards when the "King"
committed an intentional foul that knocked "The Matrix" unconscious
and forced the referee to halt the bout.
"He executed a perfect game plan and I’m proud of him and I just
want to hug him and kiss him," said Dirrell’s trainer and uncle,
Leon Lawson Jr. "But it was blemished."
Lawson contended that Dirrell’s victory was "blemished" because he
wanted his nephew to emerge victorious in a more conventional fashion.
Abraham, an Armenian-German professional boxer who is ranked as the
14th best boxer in the world by The Ring Magazine and who was never
defeated during his 32 fights, claimed he didn’t realize that Dirrell
had slipped and was perched on one knee when he belted him with a
vicious right to the chin.
"I was not looking at his feet; I was looking at his eyes. I didn’t
see if he was down. A professional boxer should use every opportunity
to make a knock-out without waiting for the competitor to recover. But
I wish Andre Dirrell good health and hope everything is OK with him,"
said Abraham, 30, who violently knocked-out Jermain Taylor (28-4-1,
17 KOs) in the tournament’s first round last October.
The contest marked Abraham’s first failure as a professional
prizefighter and it enabled Dirrell to rebound from his heartbreaking
split decision loss to Britain’s Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) this
Dirrell, 26, a native of nearby Flint, is very mobile and possesses
tremendous hand speed.
Additionally, "The Matrix" is blessed with solid power in each of