Dirrrell To Return on 1/19: Talks Haymon, Eyes Froch

By Mike Coppinger

Andre Dirrell, who has been on the mend for almost a year, plans to return on Jan. 19, he tells

"We set up a date for Jan. 19," said Dirrell, 29. "It was originally Dec. 15 but it got pushed back for some unknown reason. I'm dealing with it, it's giving me more time to perfect my craft. I'm sure it will be televised, but I'm not sure where yet."

Dirrell (20-1, 14 knockouts) recently signed with 50 Cent's fledgling SMS Promotions after previously being promoted by Gary Shaw. He's also now being trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr.

"There's so many technical difficulties, it was beyond my control. If i could I would fight every week from this point on. I don't plan on stopping once this train gets rolling. I'm really ready to get going, get active and get these belts. Anything i can capture in this game before I retire.

"First I had the neurological injury and I left Al Haymon. Then I was trying to find another promoter, Floyd Mayweather or 50 Cent. Hopefully now I'm settled. My camp had a problem with [Haymon] and there were a lot of things we were asking for that he wouldn't live up to. We decided to go our separate ways."

After Dirrell gets back in the swing of things, he would love a rematch with Froch (whom he lost to via controversial spilt decision on 2009) and a fight with Andre Ward.

"I'm big into fighting Froch again, that's No. 1 on my list," said Dirrell. "I know the world wants to see me and Ward, but I wouldn't deserve the fight as much as the fans giving it to me. I want to chase these belts, I want to beat a lot of people he's already beaten and at the end of the day you're going to see me and Ward. But I definitely want him as soon as possible."

Mike Coppinger is a contributor to USA TODAY's boxing coverage. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by grape drink on 12-08-2012

I can see Dirrell potenially becoming a B-Hop type fighter.... he's style makes it so that he can have succes at a later age than most.

Comment by 1prodz on 12-08-2012

Dirrell's career is over. Dirrell is probably one of 50 cents worst signings, Dirrell is a major head case. In recent memory I cannot remember such a running performance like the one Direll put on against froch. Dude was running…

Comment by 4Corners on 12-08-2012

Dirrell should fight someone like Bika in January. If he beats a Top 10 opponent like that, he has several options after that.

Comment by Ringlife on 12-08-2012

Dirrell hasn't done nothing to deserve a shot at Froch. I would like to see this fight happen though.

Comment by Cuban Linx on 12-08-2012

I thought Dirrell did beat Froch in 2009. But since then Dirrell hasn't done ****, where as Froch has continued to build his legacy. I'm not sure Dirrell is the same fighter. He might even get stopped this time around.

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