Andre Dirrell was able to largely cruise through a 12-round decision win over Derek Edwards tonight on Showtime, only finding any trouble when he was clipped with a left hook that did hurt him in the final round, but otherwise winning the entire fight.
Official scores were all for Dirrell, 118-109, 120-108, and 119-107 . BLH had it 119-109 for Dirrell.
Dirrell (24-1, 16 KO) earned a No. 2 ranking with the IBF with this victory, and a potential fight with champion Carl Froch or No. 1 contender James DeGale.
"I honestly believe that he's scared to fight me. It's too risky of a fight for him to take, but with that being said, I'm going to push it to the the best of my ability to get that fight with Carl Froch," Dirrell said after the fight when speaking with Showtime's Jim Gray.
Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KO) made a fine argument that his February upset of Badou Jack was nothing more than a fluke, as he was outgunned early by Dirrell and fought to survive for most of the bout, looking a lot more like the fighter who had flamed out as a prospect a few years ago in losses to Marcus Johnson, Adonis Stevenson, and Matt Korobov.
On the night, Dirrell landed 225/591 (38%) of his punches, including 57/224 (25%) of his jabs, and 168/367 (46%) of his power shots. Edwards was a pitiful 47/269 (17%) overall, with 46/240 (19%) of his power shots landing, and just 1/29 (3%) of his jabs.