The Dirrell Brothers Express rolled on Thursday night at Michael’s Eight Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland, with Anthony and his Olympic bronze medalist brother Andre Dirrell both stopping their opponents in the second round. Andre Dirrell (3-0, 3 KO), fresh off an impressive showing on ESPN a few weeks back, dominated an overmatched Jake “the Snake” Rodriguez from the opening bell. Despite the pedestrian opposition, Andre Dirrell looked sharp exhibiting power in both hands and from both stances. After flooring Rodriguez (6-12, 5 KO) in the first round with a hard right hand while boxing southpaw, Dirrell finished the job in round two by putting the Snake down for ten with a hard left hook from an orthodox stance.
Earlier in the evening, brother Anthony Dirrell (3-0, 3 KO) scored a TKO in round two against the game, but outgunned Larry Brothers. Anthony Dirrell put Brothers (5-14-2, 4 KO) down twice in the opening round, before his corner rescued him 1:14 into round two, after a series of blistering shots to the body and head.
In the co-feature, hard hitting undefeated super middleweight Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan (9-0, 9 KO) stopped Julio “Mean” Jean by TKO in round six. In his first scheduled eight round bout, Buchanan showed poise and toughness to overcome a spirited challenge by the rugged “Mean” Jean (5-5-1, 3 KO) in the opening rounds, and a point deduction in the fourth round for hitting on the break. With members of the Dirrell Brothers’ entourage taunting him from ringside, and working behind a persistent jab, Buchanon eventually wore down Jean before the referee waived a halt to the action midway through round six.
On the under card, welterweight prospect Reggie “the Mechanic” Holly upped his undefeated record to 5-0, 2 KO with a four round unanimous decision over Terrance Watson (0-3). In other action, light heavyweight Jarrell Mason Jackson (1-1, 0 KO) scored his first professional victory with a four round unanimous decision over Carlos Jones (3-6, 2 KO).
Prior to the main event of another memorable night in the popular Ballroom Boxing Series, promoter Scott Wagner treated the crowd to a silky smooth rendition of the national anthem on the saxophone.
Among the many boxing stars in attendance were former two time heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, and former middleweight champion Keith Holmes.