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Dirrell looking for knockout against Benavidez

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Dirrell looking for knockout against Benavidez

Current WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell is focused on one thing when he takes on challenger David Benavidez in the co-main event Saturday, September 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

A knockout of Benavidez.

Dirrell explained on the media conference call Monday, that in the end that is his main goal in the ring.

“I think everybody is going in there looking for the knockout, Dirrell said on the call Monday. “Does that happen every time? No, but you’re going to go in there and look for the knockout. Boxers don’t get paid for overtime so of course you’re going to go in there and say we’re looking for the knockout. It makes sense everybody wants you to knock opponents out. That’s what I’m going in there for. I’m looking for the knockout. I think I do it every time and I’m ready for the 28th. I’m ready to defend my title and be successful at it.”

Dirrell (33-1-1. 24 KOs) in his first defense of the title since winning it against Avni Yildirim back in February is hoping his style will match up with Benavidez (21-0, 18 KOs), leading to a stoppage.

“I think everybody has power, especially with 10-ounce gloves on, “Dirrell said on the call. “I don’t know what kind of power he’s got. Every fighter he knocks out, he was supposed to knock out, just like every fighter I knocked out, I was supposed to knock out. But, like I said, I think styles make fights at the end of the day. I’m going in there, looking for the knockout. I’m going in there doing what I need to do to win this fight. If I don’t get the knockout, I definitely can go 12, and I’m just prepared. I’m mentally and physically ready for this fight.”

Let’s see if the Flint, Michigan native Dirrell will come through on this when it happens at the end of September, live on pay-per-view.


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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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