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Anthony Dirrell on a roll going into fight tonight
By Lem Satterfield Anthony Dirrell is staying busy and performing at a high level going into his fight against Kevin Engel tonight in Cabazon, Calif., on Friday Night Fights.
When unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell enters the ring to fight Kevin Engel tonight in Cabazon, Calif., on ESPN2, the 26-year-old resident of Flint, Mich., will be after his eighth consecutive knockout.
In addition, Dirrell (22-0, 19 knockouts) will be in his second fight in just 20 days and his fifth in the past 10 months. Dirrell is coming off of a fifth-round knockout of Dante Craig on July 2.
"I just want to stay active,” Dirrell said. “Back in the day, the throw-back fighters used to do it all of the time. So this is just a really important pace for me to be fighting at to sort of get my flow back. But it's definitely requiring a lot of hard work and dedication, man, and it requires really paying attention to what my coaches and my team says. But I'm definitely ready for this fight."
Engel (18-4, 15 KOs), a 31-year-old from St. Louis, has lost two of his past three bouts, the last being a third-round knockout against once-beaten Marcus Johnson in November.
"This next guy is a little bit higher of opposition than the last guy," Dirrell said. "But given the fact that I really want to get my name back out there, this is the kind of pace that it's going to take for me to get there."
Anthony Dirrell is the younger brother of super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell, an Olympic bronze medalist who is more widely known than he is.
The last time Andre Dirrell was in the ring was against Arthur Abraham in March of 2010. That bout ended in controversy when Abraham punches Dirrell while he was down in the 11th round and was disqualified.
According to their uncle and co-trainer, Leon Lawson Jr., doctors say Andre Dirrell has fully recovered from head trauma his camp says he suffered against Abraham. He is slated for a late August comeback bout opposite Sebastian Demers in Oakland, Calif.
Demers, a Canadian, has been stopped in the second and third rounds of his past two fights against Renan St. Juste and Brian Vera. Demers was also stopped in the third round by Abraham in 2007.
While Andre Dirrell plans to continue campaigning at super middleweight, Anthony plans to drop into the middleweight ranks in order to pursue a title there.
"Me and my brother were talking the other day, and he said that I should just move down to 160. I have to do some more thinking about it, but that sounds like a good plan to me," Anthony Dirrell said.
"That way, he can get all of the super middleweight belts, and I can get all of the belts at middleweight. Then, you know, maybe he can move up to light heavyweight, and I'll move up to super middleweight."
Although Anthony Dirrell never has entered the ring for a fight at a weight lower than 164½ pounds, he said that he does not think it will be too difficult to make the 160-pound middleweight limit.
The brothers have discussed the move during their mutual workouts together with Lawson Jr., who trains the siblings along with their grandfather, Leon Lawson Sr.
"I know how my brother feels about it, but we'll sit down as a team and we'll talk about it and go from there,” Anthony Dirrell said. “But I really don't walk around naturally weighing that much that I can't get down to middleweight fairly easily.