BLAKE Caparello’s quest for a second world title shot continues in earnest on October 17th when he faces fellow former title challenger Andre Dirrell on October 17th in Fairfax, Virginia.
The ten round non-title fight will be the semi-main event from the EagleBank Arena, which will be headlined by former world champion Lamont Peterson, who takes on undefeated Dominican Felix Diaz Jr.
Caparello, 29, has been looking to secure another opportunity in the US following his unsuccessful title challenge against reigning light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev last August.
Dirrell, 31, is coming off a decision loss to James DeGale in an IBF super middleweight title fight in May.
The two-fight card will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions series and will be televised live on NBC.
— Blake Caparello (@BlakeCaparello) September 3, 2015
“My motivation to succeed only gets stronger with each fight,” said Dirrell in a press release issued by DiBella Entertainment. “I fight to win. All I want to see is a belt around my waist.”
“Whatever it takes, whatever I have to do, it’ll get done. I will be a world champion. This fight is the next step.”
“This is a huge opportunity for me to show the world that I am one of the best 168-pounders in all of boxing,” said Caparello. “This is the weight class where I belong.”
“Dirrell is a former Olympian and – like myself – a world title challenger. I expect a very tough fight on October 17, but I know that I will be victorious.”