Andre Dirrell will be back in the ring on August 5, facing Canadian fringe contender Sebastian Demers in Oakland. It will be Dirrell's first fight since March 2010, when he beat Arthur Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic via disqualification.
Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO) has been the subject of much debate since that night, with sort of a split in the boxing audience on those who felt the disqualifying punch was a legit knockout that incapacitated him, and those who felt Dirrell was acting. Here's footage from Showtime:
Dirrell didn't really help his case months later on "Fight Camp 360," when he stumbled to name his doctor ("Dr. Shaw High") and then his team sort of shut down the talk about the injury in a moment that felt a little uncomfortable. Dirrell has been training for months, including helping George Groves prepare for his fight with James DeGale in May, and the ring return has been in the works for a while now.
Dirrell is now the third fighter to return to active duty after bailing on the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Mikkel Kessler came back from an eye injury in June, and Jermain Taylor is scheduled to fight in August, too.
Demers (31-4, 11 KO) is not in Dirrell's league, but is a decent comeback opponent after such a long layoff. He's lost his last two by early stoppage to Renan St-Juste and Bryan Vera.