The bout will still open the second stage of the Super 6 Boxing Classic, with Andre Ward making his first defence of his WBA belt against Allan Green and Carl Froch travelling to Denmark in his third defence of his WBC crown versus Mikkel Kessler on April 24.
Abraham leads the way in the groundbreaking tournament with a stunning twelfth-round knockout win over Jermain Taylor, who has since pulled out of the tournament. Andre Dirrell received his first defeat as he was on the wrong-end of a split decision defeat to Carl Froch, and is still searching for his first point of the tournament.
The March 6 card was clashing with HBO’s World Championship Boxing broadcast of Devon Alexander’s unification fight with Juan Urango for the WBC and IBF junior welterweight titles.
However, the March 27 card also clashes with another HBO broadcast which features Daniel Jacobs, Marcos Rene Maidana vs. Victor Manuel Cayo and a rematch between Joan Guzman and Ali Funeka for the vacant IBF lightweight title.
The fight will still take place at Rancho Mirage, California, also featuring Vic Darchinyan on the undercard.
This fight is an interesting clash of styles, showing how Dirrell’s adapted to the Froch defeat and how Abraham controls a quicker opponent. A win for Dirrell adds another dimension to Stage 3, with possibly five fighters in the hunt for four spots.