Andre Dirrell clearly outboxed Carl Froch, but the Nottingham native was given some home cooking. Froch won the fight via split decision. (AP Photo)
I said a couple days ago that I hoped that the organizers of the Super Six tournament fights had scoured and been very thorough when assigning referees and judges to these high-profile, very important fights.
If we judge by Carl Froch's highly debatable decision win over Andre Dirrell in his hometown of Nottingham, there was not enough work put in.
Referee Hector Afu of Panama was horrendous the entire fight, giving Froch a ton of rope and taking a point from Dirrell. Bad Left Hook scored the bout 117-110 for Dirrell, who clearly outboxed and outquicked Froch with relative ease, tagging him with plenty of shots and not giving Froch anything to work with. Dirrell moved, frustrated, and landed counter shots almost at will. Frankly, I cannot see a way Froch won more than four rounds at maximum.
But the official scores read as follows: 114-113 Dirrell, and two 115-112 Froch cards. I just did not see it, and neither did almost anyone else in our live comments.
It was an odd fight to watch or describe, as it was dirtier than all hell, with a referee that could not keep control of the fight. I truly, truly feel Dirrell won the fight, and rather dominantly so. Froch rambled after the fight about Dirrell not being a warrior and standing and fighting, but Dirrell landed much better shots than he did, and frankly made him look like a second-rate fighter. Dirrell showed his entire range of skills, and though Andre was not clear of any wrongdoing tonight (he held a lot, and sometimes blatantly so), he was far less dirty out there than Froch.
Really, it's a shame, but did you not expect a hotly debated result like this? It was bound to happen. The question now is, does this taint the tournament for you?
There'll be more on this fight in the coming days, but for now all I can say is Andre Dirrell got a raw deal.