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Anthony Dirrell becomes world champion as George Groves awaits

Dirrell (©GettyImages)
Dirrell (©GettyImages).

The super-middleweight division has a new world champion in American Anthony Dirrell following his capturing of the WBC belt from Sakio Bika.

The name Dirrell is one which may be familiar to some of you as his brother Andre fought our very own Carl Froch back in 2009 and provided a tough test with his slick style.

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Battle with illness

In 2007 it was announced that Dirrell was receiving chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma before being cleared to box again in 2008 after completing the treatment.

To battle an illness like this and to return to boxing and become a world champion is an incredible achievement and full credit goes to Dirrell.

Dirrell captured the title in a rematch with the tough veteran Sakio Bika. Bika aged 35 has been in with most of the best in the division over the years including the likes of Andre Ward, Sam Soliman, Lucien Bute and Joe Calzaghe.

Bika a challenge for most boxers

Bika isn't the most skilled fighter but he punches hard and is a very tough man and presents a challenge for most boxers.

The first fight was full of action and resulted in a controversial draw. Dirrell came into the rematch clearly aggrieved at not getting the decision first time around and it seemed to affect his boxing early on.

He looked to attack Bika rather than use his superior boxing skills and a scrappy affair resulted. The quality of the boxing on show was quite poor to be perfectly honest and neither man did themselves proud.

Bika was never really able to get going and he will be extremely disappointed at losing his world title in such a poor showing.

Before the fight Bika had been talking about the possibility of fighting the aforementioned Carl Froch and seems to have almost looked past his opponent on the night in Dirrell.

The chance of a fight with Froch is now not even a possibility as having lost his world title there is little for Froch to gain from the fight.

George Groves up next?

George Groves will be eyeing up a shot at the new champion with his eliminator with Christopher Rebrasse later in the year.

Groves will have seen the poor showing from Dirrell and be extremely confident that he would beat the American should they face off in the future. Groves speed and power would definitely cause problems for Dirrell and he would most likely be the favourite to come out on top.

Dirrell now holds a record of 27 wins and one draw and Bika's record stands at 32 wins, six losses and three draws.

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