Carl Froch vs. Andre Dirrell
2009-10-17 : Carl Froch 167¼ lbs beat Andre Dirrell 167½ lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
- Referee: Hector Afu
- Judge: Alejandro Rochin 113-114
- Judge: Massimo Barrovecchio 115-112
- Judge: Daniel Van de Wiele 115-112
- WBC Super Middleweight Title
- Dirrell was deducted one point in the tenth round for excessive holding.
In an exciting Showtime-televised fight which appeared as if it could go either way on the scorecards, Carl Froch remained unbeaten at 26-0 and retained his WBC super middleweight title by split decision over American challenger Andre Dirrell. Froch chased the southpaw Dirrell all night, and threw many punches 'into the wind' as the agile Dirrell constantly moved from side to side and slipped the majority of Froch's punches. Froch moved forward for all twelve rounds as the aggressor throwing many combinations, while Dirrell counterpunched extremely well and landed a number of powerful right hand leads. One point of controversy was that Froch frequently hit Dirrell behind the head, and was warned but not penalized by the referee. Dirrell was warned in the seventh, eighth and tenth rounds before the referee decided to take a point away from him for holding during the tenth. In round twelve, Dirrell was warned by the referee for hitting Froch behind the head, when in fact it was Froch that had just hit Dirrell behind the head. Without the point deduction, the bout would have been closer. Most of these rounds were quiet defensive gems, causing the crowd to boo the lack of action at the end of every round. At the end of round eleven, Dirrell's grandfather told him in his corner "You better knock Froch out because they ain't never gonna give us a decision here." But the hometown crowd was quiet during rounds, so scoring appeared fair. In the post-fight Showtime interview, the previously unbeaten Dirrell conceded he lost round twelve, but looked forward to fighting Arthur Abraham.