Andre-Dirrell12The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey hosts a nine-fight boxing card that sees the featured bouts air on Spike TV as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series. The big story on this card is the pairing of Andre and Anthony Dirrell on the same card. The brothers have not fought together in a while, and both of them are looking to put a rough 2015 behind them. Andre (24-2) faces Australia’s Blake Caparello (22-1-1) in a 10 round bout. Andre is a 2004 Olympian (he lost to Gennady Golovkin in the semi-final round) who was one of the top fighters in the Super Six tournament sponsored by Showtime back in 2009-2011, but he suffered a brain injury in a 2010 bout against Arthur Abraham that has kept him from fighting consistently. This fight sees Dirrell returning after a layoff of 11 months. In his last fight, he lost to James DeGale in a bout for the vacant IBF world title. Despite all the negatives, Dirrell is a big -1275 favorite over Capparello who has fought twice already in the United States, including a two round bludgeoning at the hands of Sergey Kovalev. Capparello is returning at +825. Brother Anthony is on the comeback trail himself. Anthony fought a pair of hard-fought bouts in 2013 and 2014 against Sakio Bika that saw him emerge as the WBC’s World Champion at 168 lbs. In April of 2015 he lost that belt to Badou Jack in his first title defense. He has gone 1-0 since and is looking to win two in a row here in his first fight of 2016. Anthony enters the fight a -1375 favorite over his opponent Caleb Truax (26-2-2). The same night that Jack beat Dirrell, Truax went into round 12 with WBA 160 lb champion Daniel Jacobs. Truax is paying back at +900. The actual main event comes in the Super Bantamweight at 12 rounds and sees undefeated Johnathan Guzman (20-0) face off against Daniel Rosas (20-2-1). Guzman, a 26 year old from the Dominican Republic has kept a perfect 20 KO record in his 20 wins and he is the widest favorite on the card here at -2000, with Rosas returning at +1250. This is the first bout pacted at twelve rounds in Guzman’s career, but he has never needed the full time to this point in his career.


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