Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Dirrell on Spending Time With Mayweather Jr. in Vegas

By Chris Robinson

When I crossed paths with super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell a few weeks back at the Mayweather Boxing Club, he insisted that he was only going to be in Las Vegas for a few days handling some business before heading home to Flint, Michigan.

It turns out that Dirrell, a former title challenger with a 20-1 record with 14 knockouts, has decided to stay around a little bit longer than expected. The main reason, insists the 28-year old, is that he was taken aback by the intensity and camaraderie in his friend Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ongoing training camp as he prepares for a May 5th date with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto.

Dirrell has been far from a spectator, however, as he too has been putting in rigorous work inside of Floyd’s personal facility, most recently having engaged in a wildly-entertaining sparring session with undefeated prospect Badou Jack amidst much clamor from those in attendance.

Speaking on what his time around Mayweather both in and out of the ring has meant, you can tell how grateful Dirrell is.

“Mainly it’s been motivational,” stated Dirrell before a recent training regimen. “Getting a chance to watch the champ work, man, it’s been nothing but a pleasure. We just here really kicking it and having a good time. He wanted me to see what hard work was like and that’s what I’m doing out here. Just kicking it and getting a few things together as far as my next fight goes, so hopefully we can make a few moves and get things on track. It’s been great for me.”

There is always a special kind of aura inside of any high-level training camp, and while the 28-year old Dirrell has seen much during his time as an amateur and professional in the sport, he admits that he is currently a part of something special.

“You don’t get a chance to see an atmosphere like this inside of a boxing gym and it doesn’t do anything but uplift your spirits,” Dirrell claimed. “If I had a thousand people here watching me work I know good and well that I’d be giving it my all. Not to say I’m not doing that now, when you see how many people that are actually there for you, you actually want to take advantage of it and working to the best of your abilities. I love the atmosphere, it’s nice.”

Dirrell’s time with Mayweather isn’t confined to just boxing, as he and Floyd having been spending several hours together outside of the gym, from hitting up a recent Kevin Hart show at the Mandalay Bay, participating in some fast-paced basketball games at 3 in the morning with other gym members, and engaging in deep conversation about all areas of life.

Dirrell admits that he often has trouble keeping up with the animated Mayweather.

“The time zone he works out of, it’s a zone,” said Dirrell. “He don’t go off of no East Coast or no West Coast time or no Central time. None of that. This guy, to me he’s nocturnal. I still can’t get used to his schedule at this point. I find myself falling asleep at all times of the hour. We left the fitness center at 4 o’clock in the morning the other night. We’re just constantly working though.

“He’s always working man and that’s the good thing about it,” Dirrell continued. “That’s what’s so uplifting about him as far as him mentoring athletes such as me. I look up to that. If we have to stay up to 4 or 6 o’clock in the morning, two days in a row, then the work we’re putting in, it will be all worth it. I love every minute of it.”

Far from practical with his ways, Mayweather seems to see something great inside of Dirrell.

“He just sees that God has a plan with me,” Dirrell stated. “He isn’t worried about it. We’ll go running, and this guy will be running through lights, not even worried about the cars, man. I’m talking like I don’t even like crossing the street with this man. He knows God has a bigger plan for me and nothing’s going to alter that. Anything I get to do with him, I’m more than honored.”

Far from as exuberant as Mayweather in person, you can tell that Dirrell will never be after the same kind of lavish lifestyle as his buddy, yet he admits that a recent visit to Floyd’s mansion in the city was something to behold.

“His mansion is huge, man. Being there, you know that’s inspirational,” Dirrell noted. “I myself wouldn’t want nothing that big. I’m a content person. The only thing I’ll never be content with his working out, being a boxer, being an athlete. But as far as the big house, pools outside, it would be tough for me to even want to live like that. Something big, something comfortable would work for me; maybe a mini-mansion. I’d love something like that. But being in that house can show what boxing can do for you.”

Dirrell returned from a 21-month hiatus from the sport with a second-round knockout over Detroit's Darryl Cunningham on December 30th and is eyeing all options for his next outing.

Exclusive from Photojournalist Chris Robinson: Inside the Mayweather Boxing Club
Floyd Mayweather: 'Welcome to the Doghouse!' - A look inside the Mayweather Boxing Club on Tuesday, April 3rd as Floyd Mayweather Jr. tells super middleweight prospect Badou Jack 'Welcome to the doghouse' prior to his sparring session with Andre Dirrell. It was an intense scene as 50 Cent, Hasim Rahman, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Roger Mayweather and others watched on
Introducing Floyd Mayweather's sparring partners - Exclusive photos from Camp Mayweather as we take a look at Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s sparring partners, plus showcase other young talent in the gym. Including cameos by 50 Cent, Roger Mayweather, Andre Dirrell, Hasim Rahman, and others
Yuriorkis Gamboa trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club - Amidst turmoil in his career, Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by COACH WEBB on 04-09-2012

[QUOTE=Thickback;11980086][SIZE="5"]This dude is a waste of talent[/SIZE]. He should've KO'd Froch but he's scared to get hit. Once his athletism doesn't get him out of range defensively, he wants to jump over the ropes. He has all the tools to…

Comment by waleeddin on 04-09-2012

whens dirrell back in action

Comment by punchville on 04-08-2012

it seems floyd has found a new buttbuddy..

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-08-2012

You missed the one-sided butt kicking that took place for all of the rounds prior to Abraham's desperation flurries at the end?

Comment by Weebler I on 04-08-2012

[QUOTE=4CornersKid;11980116]I hope Andre Dirrell fights Andre Ward next. He's earned with arguably beating Froch, and than[B] beating Abraham down[/B]. And he still looked solid and fresh in his ring return. That's the fight I want to see for Ward next.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (25)
Top Headlines Duva: Barrera is One of Several Options For Kovalev's Return Ustinov vs. Oquendo For Vacant WBA Title in Play For October 2 Lomachenko: I Was Preparing For Salido, But Ready For Marriaga Muwendo, Esquivias Battle at M3 Anaheim Event Center Malignaggi on Sparring McGregor: Good Power, He's No Dummy! Mauricio Herrera vs. Jesus Soto Karass Undercard Information Charlo: My Power is God-Given; Will Translate Immediately at 160 Canelo vs. Golovkin - Closed Circuit Ticket Information Kell Brook Mulled Retirement, Hints at 'Big Changes' in Return Duke Micah Signs Promotional Deal With Evander Holyfield Bryan Figueroa Inks Promotional Pact With Sampson Boxing Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams II on October 28 in Manchester Broner: 'No Way In Hell' Garcia is a Better Boxer Than Me! Berchelt: I'm Best in Division; I'd 'Definitely Beat' Lomachenko Abel Sanchez is Open To Training Sergey Kovalev, Door is Open Adrien Broner on Mikey Garcia: 'I'm Coming to ‘F*** Him Up!' Joseph Parker: I Back Myself To Beat Anyone, I'll Fight Anyone! Horn: Khan is a Brilliant Boxer, But if Hit on Chin - He Will Sleep Monroe on Saunders: I'd Fight That Motherf***er for 75 Dollars Johnny Nelson: Not a Lock That Mayweather Beats McGregor Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Pushed Back - September or October White: Mayweather Would 'Destroy Conor's Life' if He Goes MMA Curtis Stevens a Free Agent, Parts Ways With Main Events De La Hoya: Mayweather Has Not Been Good For Boxing! Video: Abel Sanchez Talks Canelo-GGG, Kovalev, Pacquiao, More Video: Gennady Golovkin Interview, Training Camp For Canelo Saunders Willing To Stake His Life That McGregor Gets Drilled in 5 Atlas Still Feels Pacquiao-Horn Outcome Stinks, WBO Review Too Carlos Carlson, Isaac Zarate Ready For Ontario Battle Photos: Omar Chavez, Roberto Garcia - Go Face To Face Photos: Amanda Serrano vs. Edina Kiss - Official Weights Photos: Antonio Moran vs. Guadalupe Rosales - Official Weights Broner: I Weighed 144 This Morning; I Could Weigh In Tomorrow Antonio Margarito vs. Carson Jones on September 2 Luis Ortiz Manager: Wilder Not Afraid To Fight, Joshua is a P*ssy Sadam Ali vs. Johan Perez - Undercard Information Alexander Povetkin Cracks WBO's Top Ten After Recent Win WBA Suspends Shannon Briggs Six Months for Failed PED Test Kameda Gym, Japanese Boxing Commision Reach Settlement Ohara Davies Blasts Fans Who Lost Money on His Loss to Taylor
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement