By Brian Webber: Anthony Dirrell says he is leaning towards retirement following his ninth round knockout loss to Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant on October 15th.
Former two-time WBC Super middleweight champion Dirrell (34-3-2, 25 KOs) wants boxing fans to know that the defeat against Shuka (22-1, 13 KOs) is not the reason why he is considering retirement. Plant wasn’t the one who sent Dirrell into retirement.
At this point in Dirrell’s career, he feels there aren’t many opportunities for the 38-year-old fighter.
He clearly doesn’t want to fight for change, but he realizes that his age has made it difficult for him to get the fights he wants. Obviously, the ninth round KO loss to Sweethands Plantation doesn’t help Dirrell’s situation.
Dirrell felt that the fight was much closer and three judges dropped him in the ninth round. He felt it was a close fight, and he caught him with a left hook from Plant just as he was throwing his own shot, and the rest is history.
Plant humiliated Dirrell by pretending to dig up dirt and throw it on his body while he was unconscious on the ground.
This movement is the lowest of the Plant, and the surrounding is coming. Sooner or later, Plant will be hit again, and he probably won’t be happy about it if his opponent pulls the same dirty trick he used on Dirrell.
Plant won’t do well as long as he avoids the best fights, but if he tries to compete with someone as good as David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo, David Morrell, or Canelo Alvarez, there is a chance he will stop again.
“I don’t understand yet. I’m leaning a little towards retirement, honestly,” Anthony Dirrell told Fighthype when asked about his plans following his ninth-round knockout loss to Caleb Plant on Oct. 15.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone. I don’t even need this fight. I just want to fight. I am 38 years old. I can’t fight for nothing. It’s about my health. This is how people f***ed up.
Caleb did not send me to retire. I promise you that. I’ll do it anyway. I am 38. Caleb is not sure he sent me to retire. He cannot do that; no one can. Only I can do that.
“The judges didn’t do it [think the fight was close]. I think the war is close to hell, too. It’s going back and forth. He did everything we thought he would do.
“He was more consistent with his punches than I thought he would be. Also, the punch he caught me with was good.
“We got a few boos there, but people understood what Kaleb was saying. Caleb is a boxer. He will not go in there and fight with you. He knows he can’t stay there and fight me.
“You can’t expect that [brawling] from another box. Caleb is a good boxer.
“I told Al [Haymon] before I fight him, ‘This may be the last. I’m not sure.’ I have to find a way to justify the war. I’m the biggest guy there.
“I don’t know yet, but that’s what I’m leaning towards. I try to give it a little time, so that I don’t make a mistake. I am 38 years old. What can I do in boxing at 38?” said Dirrell.