Boxing Preview – Anthony Dirrell vs Marco Antonio Rubio

Boxing Preview – Anthony Dirrell vs Marco Antonio Rubio

Boxing Preview – Anthony Dirrell vs Marco Antonio Rubio  

Another quiet weekend of Boxing features one card from Corpus Christi, Texas which boasts a double header of main events. The first bout features a ten-round contest between two super middleweights seeking to get back in the mix after both suffering losses in their last bout. Anthony Dirrell will be looking to make amends after losing his undefeated record against the Mexican journeyman, Marco Antonio Rubio.

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Boxing families comes up quite often, on this card specifically, and Anthony Dirrell is one of two brothers, the other being Andre, who are turning heads in their respective division. After his brother failed to earn his first World championship in May against James DeGale, Anthony will be looking to return as a World champion by the end of the year. The former WBC World super middleweight champion won his belt against Sakio Bika in August 2014 by unanimous decision after drawing in their previous bout in December 2013. His first defence of the belt was meant to be an easy defence against Badou Jack, however Dirrell looked incredibly uninspiring on his way to a majority decision loss. He has carver a 27 win, 22 stoppages, 1 loss and 1 draw record.

Dirrell thrives as a calculated puncher who won’t let go off his punches unnecessarily. This allows him to not run out of steam early on and remain efficient throughout twelve rounds if it goes that far. His prime punch is right right hand which if he fights to the pace he wants and from the outside, he can land that and cause damage. The problem is that he struggles to dictate the distance because he seldom utilises a jab, which is quite disturbing seeing as the jab is the most important punch in the game. The lack of that punch makes him look incredibly inactive which can lose him rounds against come forward fighters, like what happened against Jack.

The fifteen year pro from Mexico, Marco Antonio Rubio, will likely be making his final stake at a world championship attempt tonight. The 35 year old has been the master of a 67 fight professional career which has seen him win 59 times with 51 stoppages, 7 losses and 1 draw. Despite being in the game since 2000, his first World championship came in April 2014 against Domenico Spada, earning the interim WBC World middleweight championship. He didn’t hold on to this for long as he lost it six months later in two rounds to Gennady Golovkin. Despite his win to loss ratio being swung heavily towards wins, his losses have come in world championship bouts. Of his four world championship bouts, three have been losses. Prior to beating Spada, he stopped Dionisio Miranda in two rounds in July 2013.


Unlike his opponent, Rubio thrives with his jab and he will definitely win the jab battle against Dirrell seeing as how little Dirrell throws it, meaning Rubio will be able to set the distance and fire some good combos. He’s also much more aggressive than Dirrell and will not be afraid to let go of his punches, which will surely win him rounds seeing as Dirrell is more gun shy. Rubio however doesn’t like competing for inside supremacy. Dirrell is pretty good on the inside by rarely goes there. Once Rubio feels provoked, he’ll generally back up and take too many shots than what he should be taking. It’s important Dirrell exploits that as that will demonstrate him being more aggressive than he is to the judges.

Rubio came in as a heavy underdog in this fight, and I think that’s incredibly naive considering the clash of styles in this tilt. Since taking on upper-level competition, Dirrell has been made to look rather human, although still talented. Rubio’s experience is pivotal in this and because Dirrell doesn’t boast an explosive style and is rather one dimensional, Rubio will likely be content dealing with something he hasn’t seen before. He had never faced off against someone of Golovkin’s explosive style which is why he got beat badly. With that being said, I have to side with the more athletic and generally more talented Boxer in this tilt, that being Dirrell. I think the fight will be quite cagey early on. I think we’ll see Rubio winning the early round because he’ll frustrate Dirrell and win the jab battle with ease, then Boxing well on the outside. Dirrell will preserve his energy whilst Rubio rapidly spends his, and this is when Dirrell takes over with pressure punching. I don’t think this is as straight forward as a lot of people are predicting, and thus I think Dirrell wins by a decisive unanimous decision.

Dan Glozier.



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