He grew up around the 9th or 10th round of the Froch fight.
Something clicked & he realised he could hang with the big boys. I had the fight a draw but no complaints either way. I will say that the Showtime commentary was disgraceful & I can see why many think it was a robbery, not because of the fight but because the idiots with the mikes had to create a controversy.
It was a close fight that could have gone either way, but nowadays those sorts of fights have people screaming.
But I really really thought that Dirrell was going to go from strength to strength after that but he seems to be lacking some mental fortitude. Good luck to him though. I believe he has the skills to beat Ward but Ward has a Hagler like tunnel vision.