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Sunday, March 28, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Dirrell-Abraham Mess 

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary matchmaker and martial artist, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti, about the Andre Dirrell-Arthur Abraham fight. This fight took place Saturday, March 27, in Detroit, Michigan, and was televised in the U.S. on Showtime as part of the Super Six super middleweight tournament. In that fight, Dirrell was outboxing Abraham and, after 10 rounds, was far ahead on the scorecards, when Abraham hit Dirrell after he had slipped to the canvas and was still down. Abraham was then disqualified for an intentional foul which knocked Dirrell out.

We dissect this situation by noting how Dirrell, at the time of the stoppage, had been fighting the best fight of his professional career. We discuss his technique, timing, and execution, which took Abraham, the favorite before the fight, out of his game plan. We focus on the closing scenario itself, and whether or not Dirrell could be accused of acting and pretending he was more hurt than he was. We discuss the specious and contradictory justifications put forth by Abraham for the decisive, illegal blow. We again rail against yet another example of ineptitude by the referee in this fight, which seems to be the norm for many referees in both boxing and mixed martial arts. We examine the possible career-changing effects of the concussion suffered by Dirrell, and question the medical attention he received right after the fight. And we relate this latest fiasco in what should have been a classic fight to how fighters are abused, to the continued decline of boxing, and much more.

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