Flint boxer Andre Dirrell once lived on Bassett Place in the Civic Park neighborhood. Although Dirrell lost his first shot at a title last month in a 12-round split decision, his future looks bright. It was the first loss of Dirrell's four-year professional career.
A pre-fight analysis by BoxingWatchers emphasized that Dirrell would be facing some real competition for the first time:
"In contrast, Dirrell isn't taking a step up in competition as much as he's taking a leap. The 2004 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist has dazzling athleticism and tons of potential, but he's never had to deal with the kind of quality he'll be facing as long as he hangs around in the tournament."Despite the loss, The Sweet Science saw the fight as a learning opportunity that could pay dividends down the line:
"In the end Froch won by split-decision, but this tournament isn’t over. If Dirrell can learn from his mistakes he could prove to be a very, very dangerous foe for anyone in the tournament. He hurt the rugged British fighter a few times with his speed and timing.
"Dirrell will be back if he learns to quit the holding and use his feet to slide left or right and counter. He’s got the tools."