Former world title challenger Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) has an injury of some kind that will keep him from fighting super middleweight Blake Caparello (21-1, 6 KOs) on October 17th in a fight that was supposed to have been televised by Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from Fairfax, Virginia.
This is really unfortunate for the 32-year-old Dirrell because the fight would have received a lot of attention from the casual boxing fans due to NBC being a channel that’s heavily watched by fans because of it being on free television.
Dirrell lost his last fight to James DeGale last May on the 23rd in a fight for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. It was Dirrell’s first title shot since his loss to Carl Froch in 2009. A win over Caparello would have been a great win for Dirrell’s career, and it would have gotten his confidence back and it would have helped his rankings as well. As long as Dirrell is ranked in the top 15, he’ll eventually get a rematch against DeGale.
The Dirrell-Caparello fight will be replaced by unbeaten junior middleweight Prichard Colon (16-0, 13 KO) facing Terrell Williams (14-0,12 KOs).
Dirrell needs to get healthy and get back in the ring because he already missed out on two years of his career from 2010 to 2012 after getting injured in his fight against Arthur Abraham in the Super Six tournament in 2010.
When Dirrell did come back, he had promotional problems that kept him out of the ring for a while until he finally moved on from his promoter and signed on with Al Haymon. Dirrell no longer has problems getting important fights. It’s just too bad that he suffered this injury because it would have been good for him to get back into the ring. Hopefully it’s not a head injury like the one that he experienced in his fight against Abraham in the past.
Dirrell is going to eventually run out of time if he keeps missing out on fights. He’s missed too much time with his injuries and promotional problems as it is. If this latest injury keeps him out of the ring for any length of time then it’s going to be a real blow for his career.
If Dirrell can get a rematch with DeGale, he’ll have a good chance of winning if he doesn’t get knocked down, and if he is able to fight hard for the full 12 rounds instead of just nine rounds like the last time he fought DeGale.