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Photos: Andre Dirrell, Anthony Dirrell, Guzman Get WIns in AC

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) defeated Australia's Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) by unanimous decision (98-91 X 3) in a 10-round super middleweight attraction in the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike main event from the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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In a bout that started off with a lot of back and forth action, Caparello struck first with a left in the second round that sent Dirrell to the canvas.

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"The knockdown I got in the second round felt good," said Caparello. "I knew I had him hurt, but I wasn't able to capitalize on it."

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Caparello again got Dirrell against the ropes and seemingly into a bit of trouble with a similar left in round three, but eventually Dirrell settled in and managed to gain control of the fight.

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Dirrell said, "My focus, determination and my drive got me the win tonight. I know I've got more work to do, but I never stopped grinding in there tonight."

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Caparello continued to go to work and battle, but it was clear who the ring general was from the close of the third round and until the final bell rang.

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Dirrell exclaimed, "I wanted to send the boxing world and this whole division a message. I'm coming for anyone with a belt. I'll take on anyone who's a champion. I know I'll be a world champion. I have to be a champion. I don't slow down for anyone. I'm going to keep pushing to get where I'm going."

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On his struggles in the later rounds, Caparello said, "I continued to look for the same left hand all night, it just didn't come again. Andre has a lot of tricks, he is both good and fast. I am not happy with my performance."

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Dirrell concluded, "Tonight my brother and I were both able to display our talents in front of a national audience on Spike. Anthony is strong as an ox and got the win quickly tonight. I got the win on determination and heart. I had to use my toughness in this fight, and I pushed myself as hard as I could to get the win."

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In the second televised bout of the evening, former world champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) met former world title challenger Caleb "Golden" Truax (26-3-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight affair.

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The former 168-pound titleholder Dirrell got off to a quick start, scoring two knockdowns in the first round, causing referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight at just 1:49 into the first round.

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Dirrell said of the dominating performance, "What helped me tonight was landing my shots early. I was right on top of him with combinations and controlling my jab and that set the tone. I showed tonight that I work hard in the gym, and it paid off. If I work like I did this time leading up to the fight, then I know nobody can beat me."

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A stunned Truax said, "Everything was great leading up to the fight. I don't know what happened tonight. He just caught me early. I think it was an overhand right."

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Reflecting on what the victory means for his struggling hometown, Dirrell said, "My work tonight inside the ring made a big statement for what my brother and I are doing outside of the ring. A lot of people were watching tonight, and now they know a little bit more about what's going on with the Flint Water Crisis back home."

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The opening televised bout featured undefeated knockout artist Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) continuing his hot streak in a 12-round super bantamweight title eliminator against Mexico's Daniel Rosas (20-3, 12 KOs).

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Guzman, an unbeaten fighter out of the Dominican Republic and now training in Massachusetts, stabilized early and easily controlled the action in the second half of the fight.

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Guzman said, "I used a lot of concentration early and let him make errors so I could see what he was planning to do. Once I saw the mistakes he was making I let my hands go."

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Rosas was stunned in the third round, but Guzman was unable to close on a wobbled Rosas. In the fifth round, Guzman landed a left that knocked Rosas back and followed it with another, dropping Rosas just before the bell.

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"I wanted to let him throw some punches early. It helped me gain confidence and learn his tendencies," said Guzman. "I saw him dropping that right hand, and I knew it would open up the opportunity for me to land my left."

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Rounds six and seven saw Rosas take a pummeling, but miraculously stay on his feet. At the end of the eighth frame, Guzman dropped Rosas for a second time, and again Rosas was saved by the bell.

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However, referee Benjy Esteves had seen enough and stopped the fight following the close of round eight.

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When asked about the stoppage, Rosas said, "The Ref stopped the fight. I thought the fight should have continued, but he decided to stop it." Rosas continued, "(Guzman) knocked me down, but I kept on fighting. I was never hurt. Guzman is a strong fighter, but I felt I could have continued and come back in the rest of the rounds."

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