Former world title challenger and Super Six Participant Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell will battle Vladine Biosse on Friday(Aug 1), in a 10 round super middleweight co-feature Bout at “Little Creek Brawl V” at The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington.
“Andre was an outstanding amateur and one of the top super middleweights in the world picked to be part of Showtime’s innovative Super Six Tournament. His win over former world champion Arthur Abraham and highly controversial loss to Carl Froch during the tournament opened a lot of eyes on his tremendous athletic abilities and talent,” said Dan Goossen, promoter of the eventual Super Six Champion Andre Ward and USA teammate of Dirrell in the 2004 Olympics.
Dirrell couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm when asked about his upcoming bout. “I’m too excited on my return to the ring to make any predictions on the fight. I just want to hear the bell ring and get back to what I do best against a very tough Biosse.”
Dirrell, 21-1-0 (14KO’s), will be making his return to action following an eighteen-month layoff. He last fought on February 2, 2013 winning a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Michael Gbenga in McAllen, Texas.
In the memorable first round of the Super Six Tournament the Flint, Michigan native was the victim of questionable judging travelling to Nottingham, England; seeming to defeat hometown favorite Carl Froch on October 17, 2009 only to suffer the only blemish on an otherwise undefeated career via split decision.
The second round of the tournament saw Dirrell rebound to defeat Abraham on March 27, 2010 by disqualification after being illegally hit while taking a knee in the eleventh round. Unable to continue and well ahead on the scorecards and having knocked Abraham down in the 4th round, Dirrell was awarded the victory. However, due to head injuries suffered from the illegal punch, he was unable to continue in the tournament.
Fighting out of Providence, Rhode Island, the 32-year old fellow southpaw, Biosse, has compiled a record of 15-4-2 (7 KO’s) over his five-year career.
In February of this year, the former University of Rhode Island football player gave highly touted world-ranked prospect J’Leon Love huge problems before succumbing to his talent in the 10th round.
Previous wins by Biosse on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights include victories over Joey McCreedy and Tim Connors in addition to a unanimous decision win over cross-state rival Joey Spina.
“ESPN has been pretty good to me and I believe I can get Dirrell out of there,” Biosse confidently stated.
Headlining the ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast is a12-round light heavyweight clash between #4 WBO, #6 IBF and #9 WBC world ranked and undefeated light heavyweight contender Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. and #10 IBF and former world champion Gabriel “El Chico Guapo” Campillo.
July 30, 2014