A couple of high potential, low-output contender-level fighters– Andre Dirrell and BJ Flores– will take the ring in showcase bouts prior to the Wednesday, October 8 Sam Soliman-Jermain Taylor main event at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Former highly-ranked super middleweight, Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) will take on Albany, NY native Nick Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round light heavyweight contest.
Before that, former top cruiserweight contender, BJ Flores (30-1-1, 19 KOs) will face Midwest journeyman, Kevin Engel (20-10, 16 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout.
Realistically, neither Dirrell nor Flores are matched hard this Wednesday. Flores’ opponent is especially dubious, having lost four in a row and carrying the career distinction of having been stopped by every high-end opponent he has ever faced.
Still, these are showcase, stay busy fights for two Al Haymon fighters on a relatively low budget card featuring another Haymon fighter making a bid to win a world title. Nobody really expected anything other than walks in the proverbial park for Dirrell and Flores.