LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Flint's Anthony Dirrell made his first return to the boxing ring since losing his middleweight championship belt 17 months ago, and the national TV broadcast team expressed shock in the judges ruling it was a draw in his bout with Tyrone Davis of New Jersey.
Dirrell dominated on the card of Fox TV's fight analyst and both announcers said they thought he won. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and the third judge scored it at 114-114. The analyst for Fox Sports had it at 116-112 for Dirrell.
Lennox Lewis, a former two-time heavyweight champion of the world, called the fight at ringside with veteran boxing broadcaster Joe Goosseen and both announcers said they thought Dirrell controlled the fight and deserved the victory.
Dirrell came into the fight at 34-2-1 with 24 knockouts but had not been in the fring since Sept. 28, 2019 when knocked out by David Benavdez in a WBC super middleweight world title battle. Dirrell suffered a cut that led to his loss when he had trouble seeing out of his eye as the fight progressed.
Davis was 15-2 before fighting Dirrell, and was also coming off a long layoff. Davis last fought on Jan. 18, 2020 when scoring a TKO over Antonio Todd.
Dirrell paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by wearing a purple and gold jacket into the ring (Los Angeles Lakers colors) with the numbers 24, 8 and 2 on it. Bryant wore both No. 24 and No. 8 with the Lakers and his daughter, Gianna, wore No. 2 for her team. They were killed last year in a helicopter crash en route to one of her events.
Dirrell talked afterward with Ring Magazine and said, "
“I thought I hit (Davis) with more cleaner punches, and I can’t control what the judges think. Davis fought good. He came in with a good game plan. He started boxing. He moved around the ring. He didn’t engage. I was pressing the action the whole time. I didn’t get hit with what a lot he threw.”
Dirrell landed 161 punches to 139 by Davis but it was Davis who threw more punches (521 to 435) in the fight.
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