Former super middleweight world title challenger and 2004 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell, who has fought just twice since 2010, is making a comeback on Friday night.
Dirrell will face Vladine Biosse in a scheduled 10-rounder in the opening bout of "Friday Night Fights" (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes, 9 p.m. ET) at The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, promoter Dan Goossen announced on Wednesday. The fight will be Dirrell's first in 18 months.
What does he have left after being so inactive for the past four-plus years?
"I think we'll all find that out on Friday night," Goossen said. "Biosse will be there to fight, so it's a great fight for Dirrell to come back for to get back into the ring."
Dirrell (21-1, 14 KOs), 30, of Flint, Michigan, has been penciled into the card for a few weeks, but he did not have a set opponent.
"I'm too excited on my return to the ring to make any predictions on the fight. I just want to hear the bell ring and get back to what I do best against a very tough Biosse," said Dirrell, who has split from promoter Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the rap star, and returned to adviser Al Haymon, who worked with him for most of his career.
Dirrell was an emerging 168-pound contender when he entered the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a six-man round-robin tournament involving the world's top super middleweights, in 2009.