After surviving a rocky first round, super middleweight Andre Dirrell proved himself to be a top-10 contender with a brilliant 5th round KO over Anthony Hanshaw. Hanshaw was effectively aggressive early roughing up and putting Dirrell under seige. 10 seconds into the bout Hanshaw dropped Dirrell with a pair of left hooks but it was dubiously ruled no knockdown. Sportsbook.com had Andre Dirrell as a 7-5 boxing betting favorite in the Andre Dirrell vs Anthony Hanshaw bout.
By the 2nd round however, Dirrell started to get into a grove as he moved, pivoted and fired triple jabs into Hanshaw’s guard. In the 3rd round the tide had completely turned as Dirrell caught the pressuring Hanshaw with a counter straight left that had Hanshaw hanging on for his life. Dirrell was switching up from southpaw to orthodox and showing off possibly the best hand speed in the sport of boxing. By the 4th round Andre Dirrell was outclassing Hanshaw with combinations, counters and superb head movement.
After withstanding some of Dirrell's bombs, Hanshaw was throwing few punches as he grew increasingly weary of Dirrell’s power. In the 5th Dirrell closed the show on the game, but outgunned, Anthony Hanshaw with a dynamic display of speed and power punching. After absorbing some shell shocking straight lefts that rocketed off Hanshaw’s cap the fight was wisely stopped by the referee. Dirrell improved to ,15-0, 10 KO’s with the best win of his career over the contender Hanshaw, 21-2-1, 14 KO’s. Dirrell had this to say after the Andre Dirrell vs Anthony Hanshaw fight: “I’ve been working on my short punches. I’m going to go back and look at the tape and correct the mistakes I made. I will be a world champion soon.”