Andre Dirrell may return on Oct. 8 Sam Soliman-Jermain Taylor card
Former super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell could fight on the undercard of the Oct. 8 main event between IBF middleweight titleholder Sam Soliman and former undisputed champ Jermain Taylor at Beau Rivage waterfront resort in Biloxi, Miss., according to Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, co-promoter of the ESPN-televised card.
A 2004 Olympic bronze medalist who turns 31 next month, Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) is the older brother of newly-crowned WBC 168-pound titlewinner Anthony Dirrell, who is 29.
Dirrell was last in action with a fifth-round stoppage of Vladine Biosse on Aug. 1, ending an 18-month ring absence. In his previous bout in February 2013, Dirrell scored a unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga.
Dirrell lost by split-decision to then-WBC beltholder Carl Froch in October 2009, and owns an 11th-round disqualification victory over Arthur Abraham, now the WBO’s titleholder, in March 2010.
An Australian who turns 41 in November, Soliman won the title in his last fight in May by unanimous decision over Felix Sturm before the latter’s partisan fans in Germany.
In his last fight in December, Taylor, 36, ended a 14-month ring absence with a seventh-round technical knockout over Juan Carlos Candelo, whom he dropped in the final round.
The only fighter that can claim two victories over Bernard Hopkins, Taylor will be after his fifth straight victory against Soliman.
Taylor had lost four of his previous five fights, two of them by 12th-round knockout, before ending a 26-month ring absence with an eighth-round stoppage of Baltimore’s Jessie Nicklow in December 2011.
In other news, Margules said junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) could face Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) on the Oct. 4 undercard of a main event between IBF junior lightweight titleholder Rances Barthelemy and Fernando David Saucedo at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Barthelemy (20-0, 12 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision that dethroned then-beltholder Argenis Mendez in July, while Saucedo (52-5-3, 8 KOs) has won 14 straight fights, seven by knockout, and is coming off a third round technical knockout of Luis Armando Juarez in June.