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Dirrell Bros victorious on PBC

Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions

On the Premier Boxing Champions card on Friday night at the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) earned a decision win over Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) in the Spike main event.

Things didn’t look good for Dirrell in the early going as Caparello landed a left hand that sent him to the canvas.

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

In the third round, Caparello again had Dirrell in trouble as he landed another big left hand and had him against the ropes, though he was unable to finish him off.  Dirrell instead shook off the cobwebs and began to settle down.

In the ensuing rounds, Dirrell gained control of the fight, keeping his distance and using his speed to outbox his opponent, en route to the decision win with scores of 98-91 from all three judges.

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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In the co-feature, brother Anthony Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) made quick work of Caleb Traux (26-3-2, 16 KOs) in their super middleweight clash.

Dirrell wasted no time in going after Traux, sending him to the canvas twice in the first round, prompting referee Harvey Dock to wave it off at the 1:49 mark.

“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,” said Dirrell.

Added Traux, “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.”

Guzman vs Rosas_Fight_Dave Nadkarni _ Premier Boxing Champions

In the opening bout, Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) scored a stoppage win over Daniel Rosas (20-3, 12 KOs).

Guzman, drilled Rosas from the start and had him in trouble in the third.  In the fifth, Guzman finally floored Rosas before the end of the round and continued the beating into the eighth round and put him on the canvas again. At the end of the round, referee Benjy Esteves decided enough was enough and called it off.

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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