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Dirrell: We Won't End on a Loss, Put Anybody in There With Me!

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California - David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) reclaimed his WBC super middleweight title after stopping Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KOs) in the ninth round. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

Benavidez had previously held the title, but the belt became vacant after the boxer tested positive for cocaine in out of competition random test.

Dirrell, a two time champion himself, lost the belt due to injuries when he was initially ordered to defend against Benavidez. But he eventually reclaimed the belt after Benavidez was stripped.

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Benavidez opened up a bad cut above the right eye of Dirrell, with a solid shot.

The cut nearly stopped the fight, as the eyelid of Dirrell affected him from round to round. Dirrell is no stranger to cuts, but never had one from a punch,

"He hit me with a clean shot," said Dirrell. "That's my first time ever being cut by a punch. It opened up. There was nothing I could do about it. I couldn't see the whole fight after that. My corner did a good job on it, but I really couldn't see."

The contest was nearly called off before the start of the ninth. But during the ninth, it was clear that the end was near as Benavidez was battering Dirrell in the punches to the head and body. The officials signaled to the referee and the contest was waved off.

While he mulled the idea of retirement, Dirrell has no intention of walking away.

"I would have kept going in there," said Dirrell. "I'm not quitting against anybody. Everyone saw I didn't go down. My legs were still strong, but I couldn't do anything about it.
 
"We're going back to the drawing board. I'm still fighting. We won't end on a loss. You can put anybody in there with me."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TripleB on 09-30-2019

dirrel va kivalev

Comment by ztrac79 on 09-30-2019

Dirrell should hang um up

Comment by greeneye99 on 09-30-2019

[QUOTE=Stabarez;20091626]Dirrell is overrated, gutter trash.[/QUOTE] Stop Trolling Learn to actually box then post this BS

Comment by MrTyFlex on 09-30-2019

You are done Dirrell, and have been for a long time! Thank Mr. Haymon for your check, and walk away, now!!!

Comment by Jab jab boom on 09-30-2019

If he wants to go out on a win, he should pick someone like fielding. That shouldn't be too difficult of a fight.

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