Anthony Dirrell grabs a win over Denis Doughlin
November 17, 2017
Anna Aguilar (124 articles)
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Anthony Dirrell grabs a win over Denis Doughlin

Flint, MI – Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell was favored the winner over Denis “Momma’s Boy” Doughlin after an accidental head butt in the sixth round caused the fight to go to the scorecards.

The scheduled ten-round bout was aired live on FS1 as part of a Premier Boxing Championship program. In round six, Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) and Doughlin (26-6, 13 KOs) clashed heads and a cut over Dirrell’s left eye caused blood to distract Dirrell’s vision. The ring doctor confirmed the accidental head butt to head to the scorecards. The scores were determined from five rounds. Judges scored it 49-46 and 48-47, twice for Dirrell.

Dirrell started the fight aggressively and rocked Doughlin in the first round with a flurry of punches. At the end of the first stanza, Dirrell landed a hard right hand upstairs that stunned Doughlin just before the bell. In the second started the clinching that would control most of the bout. Lack of sportsmanship caused referee, Frank Garza to separate the two boxers and set a warning. Though Dirrell lacked in combinations, his momentum eventually came up when he started the fifth and sixth rounds with more combinations than one punch at a time. Doughlin worked off the ropes in the fifth, sitting down on punches and loading up on hooks, but “The Dog” took the hits, never backed up and kept working Doughlin just as much. A point was deducted from Doughlin after a little scuffle and then the head butt came, which is common between an orthodox and a southpaw fighter.

Before the scorecards were announced, a small altercation in the crowd between Dirrell’s fans and Doughlin’s mom/trainer came about. Mama Doughlin tried to walk away from the crowd and Dirrell asked her to come into the ring where he squashed everything by showing her respect and the two embraced.

In the co-main event, Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark (13-0, 7 KOs) remains undefeated with a majority decision over Domonique “3D” Dolton (19-2-1, 10 KOs). Clark suffered a cut over the right eye in the fourth round, however his corner kept control over it. Judges scored the bout, 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75.

Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (15-1, 9 KOs) grabbed a unanimous decision win over Kareem Martin (9-2-1, 3 KOs). Judges scored it 74-78, twice, and 75-78.

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