Andre Dirrell added another win to his tune-up tour, fighting a mere eight weeks after his last fight, this time smashing Nick Brinson in the fourth round on a special Wednesday night edition of ESPN boxing.
Dirrell (23-1, 16 KO) had a comfortable first two rounds against Brinson (16-3-2, 6 KO), who definitely came to fight but as a natural middleweight, was undersized on top of being a bit out of his depth skill-wise. Brinson did take round three on our card with a very aggressive three minutes that saw him land some clean shots, including a great right hand right at the bell.
But Dirrell waited and found an opening in round four, when Brinson looked to capitalize on a little momentum. Lunging forward and open for a counter shot, Brinson found himself on the receiving end of a crushing counter left hook from Dirrell. Though the underdog didn't go down, he was badly hurt, and Dirrell pounced, finishing him off in the corner when referee Keith Hughes stopped the fight.
Dirrell said that physically, he's feeling great with his activity, and wants to come back in another two months.
"I'm looking for a fight in December. I'm feeling nothing but blessed," he told Bernardo Osuna after the fight, once again sounding very confident and focused, as he did in August when he beat Vladine Biosse. To me, there seems something different about the way Dirrell speaks in interviews lately, and I like it.
Do you want to see Dirrell get back into the mix at 168 immediately? Will another tune-up in December serve any real purpose, or are you hoping to see him fight a real contender?