By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell at ringside
In SHOWTIME’s much acclaimed “Super Six” super middleweight tournament, Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs) won by DQ over previously unbeaten Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Dirrell dominated an inactive Abraham in rounds one and two. Abraham came on in round three, but Dirrell dropped an off-balance Abraham in round four. Dirrell again outworked Abraham in rounds five through seven. Abraham was cut over the right eye in round seven. An increasingly desperate Abraham tried to land a KO punch and floored Dirrell in the tenth, inexplicably waved off by referee Laurence Cole. After Dirrell slipped in the eleventh, he was knocked cold by Abraham. Abraham was disqualified by Cole at 1:13. At the time of the DQ, Dirrell was ahead 97-92, 98-91, 97-92. Abraham later insisted that Dirrell wasn’t down when he threw the final punch. A shaken Dirrell will be taken to the hospital for tests.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Vernon Paris (20-0, 13 KOs) dropped Oscar Leon (28-12, 18 KOs) in round two, then cruised to a 60-53 win on all cards.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (18-0, 7 KOs) dropped Matt Berkshire (10-2-1, 5 KOs) twice in round one and finished him at 1:52 of round two.
Middleweight Ronald Hearns (24-1, 18 KOs) outpointed Marteze Logan (26-43-2, 6 KOs) over six. Scores WERE announced. 60-54 on all cards.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Chris Thomas (17-10-2, 14 KOs). Time was 1:43.
Junior middleweight Brian Mihtar (13-1, 10 KOs) outpointed Robert Kamya (17-11, 4 KOs) over six rounds. No scores announced.
Super middleweight Darryl Cunningham (19-2, 9 KOs) outpointed Pat “The Cat” Coleman (29-17, 20 KOs) over four. No scores announced.
Unbeaten heavyweight Rich Power (11-0, 8 KOs) survived a first round knockdown and went on to get a stoppage win at 1:03 of round three against Ray Lopez (1-1, 1 KO).
Super bantamweight Vincente Alfaro (2-0) won a four round decision over former Olympian Ron Siler (1-1, 1 KO). Alfaro scored a knockdown in round four. No scores announced.
Middleweight Purnell Gates (18-1, 13 KOs) won a four round split decision over Chris Grays (9-19, 2 KOs). Again no scores announced.