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Andre Dirrell Drops Christopher Brooker Three Instances, Stops Him In third Spherical

NEWARK, New Jersey – Andre Dirrell restarted his light heavyweight comeback in a labor dispute Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

The former IBF interim super middleweight champion dropped Christopher Brooker three times and knocked Brooker through a technical knockout in the third round. FS1 televised Dirrell’s victory, which took place in an almost empty arena.

Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped his planned 10-rounder at 2:58 of the third round as soon as Brooker went down for the third time that round.

Dirrell, 37, a southpaw from Flint, Michigan, raised his record to 28-3 and was knocked out for the 18th time. Philadelphia’s Brooker slipped to 16-7 (6 KOs).

Dirrell fought for the first time since December 2019 when the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist made his light heavyweight comeback after technically knocked out in the IBF super middleweight championship rematch against Jose Uzcategui in March 2018.

Brooker pulled a knee early in the third round after Dirrell injured him with his left hand.

Another left hand from Dirrell sent Brooker a second time on the canvas in the third round. Brooker grabbed the back of the head after that second knockdown, although it didn’t look like Dirrell had hit him behind the head.

However, Brooker got up again, only to be dropped a third time by Dirrell. Gonzalez quickly ended the fight when Brooker went down a third time.

Dirrell pinned Brooker down towards the end of the second round with a straight left hand that made Brooker hold him in place. Brooker was cautious during this second round and didn’t give Dirrell much to think about.

There wasn’t much action in the opening round until Dirrell brooker drilled with two straight left hands towards the end. Brooker didn’t cause much offense in the first three minutes.

After Dirrell’s TKO victory, Quadir Albright defeated Jared Tallent by technical knockout in the second round in the actual walkout fight.

Albright (2-0, 2 KOs), a tall junior welterweight from Chester, Pennsylvania, dropped Tallent with his left hand in the second round. Tallent took off his gloves and knees, but Albright attacked him and Gonzalez stepped in to stop the fight while Tallent was still on his feet.

Tallent from Norton, Kansas, made his professional debut. He landed several clean shots on the much larger Albright, but was ultimately overwhelmed.

Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.


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