Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Andre Dirrell on Leaving Haymon, Joining TMT Promotions

By Luis Sandoval

The formation of TMT (The Money Team) Promotions created a buzz and excitement in the sport that resonated with a lot of fans as the thought of a new company headed by boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr was a breath of fresh air. Nobody was more excited than Super Middleweight contender Andre Dirrell who was one of the first fighters signed to TMT Promotions last month.

The Flint, MI native has been out of the ring for quite some time with just one fight in the last 2 and half years. A head injury in 2010 during his fight with Arthur Abraham sidelined him for over a year as he recovered and was evaluated. In addition, Dirrell severed ties with then promoter Gary Shaw and in a move the surprised most, he also ended his professional relationship with the very powerful Al Haymon.

According to Dirrell it was a decision he made with his Grandfather and Uncle Leon Lawson Jr. Al Haymon is recognized as one of the most influential and powerful people in the sport of boxing and it’s a decision Dirrell now recognizes probably wasn’t in his best interest.

“It was a bit of a regret because I know how powerful he is in the sport. And I wasn’t looking to be black balled or nothing like that. I’m a firm believer if you give respect you’ll get it. So I left him respectfully. We still maintain a good relationship. I still talk to him. But at the end of the day I said to myself it’s really time to bite down and figure out what I’m going to do with my career” expressed Dirrell.

Sometime after that occurred, Dirrell ended up connecting with Floyd and in time was proposed the opportunity of joining Mayweather’s and rapper 50 Cent’s upcoming entity. The rest as they say was history and Dirrell is more than thrilled at the opportunity to be working with both.

“Floyd just really put me on that pedestal. He really did. He just really has me on another level. Watching him train, I never seen it done like that before. I know what has to be done” said the 2004 Olympics Bronze medalist. “He really sat me down and just talked to me about the game. It was a beautiful thing and it just put me on a whole other level mentally”.

Even though he hasn’t fought under the TMT banner just yet, working along Mayweather and 50 cent has really given Dirrell a different experience and in many ways a fresh start. Everything that has happened in the past doesn’t matter anymore as he now feels he’s with the right vehicle that will take him to the next level.

“I’m on a perfect pedestal. Now all I have to do is live up to my talents and [Floyd’s] expectations and my expectations. It’s all hard work no play. There’s no fighter out there that will have a chance with Andre Dirrell when it’s time to step in the ring and I promise you that”.

Dirrell will be working out of the Mayweather boxing gym in Las Vegas, NV and expects to be back in the ring in November with an opponent yet to be determined.

You can listen to Andre Dirrell’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://tobtr.com/s/3505313

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheThirdEye on 08-17-2012

► [B]Andre Dirrell | Facebook | 08:15pm CDT, July 03, 2012[/B] “That would be a beautiful fight to take place. I would love to take that fight because there is there is no way that he could beat me. No…

Comment by 2501 on 08-17-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12430273]I was wondering the same but why did he "leave" Haymon? Haymon is not a promoter...[/QUOTE] Fighters don't HAVE to have an advisor. TMT can also do the advising as well as the promotion.

Comment by dawge on 08-17-2012

hmm.. whats really going on??

Comment by GrandpaBernard on 08-16-2012

[QUOTE=Ringlife;12430654]That is a good question.[/QUOTE]thanks [QUOTE=PBP;12430665]Hmmm...I thought Al was a part of TMT.[/QUOTE] This is what I was led to believe also

Comment by -PBP- on 08-16-2012

Hmmm...I thought Al was a part of TMT.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines N'Dam vs. Murata - CompuBox Reflects on First Fight Stats Why Malignaggi Should Quiet Down. And Why He Won't. Machado: He Hurt Me a Few Times, But I Got The Punch I Needed Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card Maciej Sulecki: I Want Jermell Charlo Next, I Want The Title Shot Alberto Machado Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Jezreel Corrales Out Jezreel Corrales-Alberto Machado - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Demetrius Andrade Makes 160 Debut, Dominates Alantez Fox Carlos Jimenez Knocks Out Pedro Campa in Shocker Sharif Bogere Decisions Rodriguez Over Ten Rounds in Las Vegas Gassiev Crushes Wlodarczyk in Three, Will Face Dorticos Next Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Culcay Hurts Resilient Sulecki, But Loses Unanimous Decision Hearn is Firm: I Want Wilder-Whyte Next, Never 50-50 For Joshua! Jason Moloney, Andrew Moloney Win Big in Melbourne Demetrius Andrade vs. Alantez Fox - CompuBox Historical Review Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - CompuBox Historical Review Josh Warrington Stops Dennis Ceylan in Ten To Earn Selby Shot Cecilia Braekhus Stops Mikaela Lauren in Six To Retain Ryan Burnett Defeats Zhanat Zhakiyanov - Unifies WBA, IBF Titles Azinga Fuzile Stuns Munyai, Simpiwe Vetyeka Suffers Upset Loss Lyon Woodstock Captures WBO Euro, Tommy Langford Wins Pedro Guevara Aims For a KO Against Shiro To Regain WBC Title Acelino Freitas Set To Return, Faces Martinez in November Josh Warrington vs. Dennis Ceylan - LIVE Results From Leeds Photos: Hassan N'Dam, Ryota Murata Ready For Rematch Battle Demetrius Andrade's Promoter Details Many Options at 160 Ryan Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov: Pre-Unification Report Card Arum: Murata Will Be On Pound-For-Pound Lists By End of 2018 Schaefer Says Ringstar is Ahead of The Golden Boy Curve in Year 1 Anthony Joshua: 'Desperate' Wilder Needs Our Fight More Than Me Photos: Heather Hardy Stopped in a Bloodbath on Bellator Card Photos: Joe Joyce, Michael Page Debut - Stop Opponents To Win Ricky Hatton Believes Burnett vs. Zhakiyanov is 50-50 Fight James Metcalf: After Damon Jones, I'm Ready For Anyone Coldwell Explains: Amir Khan's Career is Going Down The Toilet! Hatton Says Claims of Wild Lifestyle During Career Were Overblown Jermell Charlo: I Want Any Champion Next - Canelo, Golovkin Too Isaac Zarate, Christian Esquivel Ends in Technical Draw Sakio Bika, Tim Tszyu Pumped For Their Bouts in Sydney
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement