Andre Dirrell Looks To Make His Return in December

By Ryan Burton
Former Super Six participant Andre "The Matrix" Dirrell (19-1) appeared on the most recent edition of's official audio show, "The Boxing Lab," and spoke at length in one of the few interviews he has granted since defeating Arthur Abraham in March of 2010. Dirrell, who has been out of action since that fight, said that he is looking to return to the ring in December.
Dirrell suffered "neurological problems' after being punched by Abraham when he was down on one knee in the eleventh round of their fight. Abraham was disqualified for the illegal blow.  Dirrell revealed that he was cleared to return to the ring several months ago but has been waiting on a television date from Showtime for his ring return.

"I was cleared to fight about 5 months ago.  I have been in the gym working.  It has just been a matter of when a TV date was available."
The Michigan native has been in Las Vegas with his brother Anthony as the both prepare for their next fights.  He revealed that his next fight will be a tune up and that he will evaluate where he is at after that fight in regards to what type of opponent he will look for next. 

"My next fight will definitely be a tune up.  It has been over a year and a half since I last fought.  I will see where I am at after that fight (answering a question asking if he would look for a title shot after the tune up fight).  If I feel like I am ready then I will go for it (a title shot)," said Dirrell.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Drunken Cat on 11-01-2011

Boxing "fans" never cease to disgust me. Imo, the guy probably shouldn't be fighting. To react the way he did to that shot would seem, intuitively at least, symptomatic of a larger issue (though I am no neuro surgeon, to…

Comment by flipbjefrox on 10-31-2011

[QUOTE=Harold Lederman;11354213]I think the injury was real. Nobody would fake that and risk earning good money for a year and a half. And kill their career at it at the same time.[/QUOTE] Dr. Shaw HI approves of this message

Comment by apunchnotseen on 10-31-2011

No T.V. wants a contract weasel like you Matrix.

Comment by Drunk Punch on 10-31-2011

Talent aplenty but does he have the heart for championship boxing?

Comment by Ringlife on 10-31-2011

I think he does have the boxing skills to be good but I think he has the mental weakness in his mind like Zab Judah.

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