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Dirks Backs Away From Mandatory Spot To EU Belt

By Per Ake Persson

Dustin Dirks, reigning WBA I/C light heavyweight champ, has relinquished his position as mandatory challenger for EU champ Orial Kulaj. The official reason is of course that Dirks is to defend his Intercontinental title. Dirks scored a terryfying knockout over Kulaj, then 3-2, in 2009. Dirks was then 9-0 and is today 26-0 while Kulaj is 10-5. However, in his last two fights Dustin has looked pretty terrible even though he came out winning while Orial has won five straight and it appears to be a wise move to avoid a rematch where there is everything to lose.

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