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Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell returns to Flint a world champion Sunday

Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell returns to Flint a world champion Sunday

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(08/17/14) - As a boxer, Anthony Dirrell has been been in the ring fighting for most of his his life, but more than once he's found himself outside of the ring fighting for it.

At 9 years old, Dirrell started the journey. A dream to be king of the ring. Boxing was his passion. His hands, his body, his health was his ticket to get there.

"Since I was little, since I started, this what we been fighting for," he said.

Like any other fighter, Dirrell has taken some blows in the game of boxing. At 27-0-1, he's survived every one. That's in addition to the two biggest punches he took from the game of life.

"When you got God in your hands, you can do anything," Dirrell said.
He beat cancer and a motorcycle accident. But even when life had him up against the ropes, he bounced back. Last year, he earned his first chance at the WBC Super Middleweight title last December, facing Sakio Bika, but that ended in a draw.
This weekend, he got a rematch.

"Most people don't get a first chance, I got two chances in a row. It means everything," Dirrell said.
After winning by a unanimous decision, he now holds the title that he brings back home.

"The city made me man, the city made me who I am, the city, my family. I'm grateful to be from Flint, Michigan. I love it. It's my home," Dirrell said after arriving at the Flint Bishop Airport early Sunday evening.
Now, the one and only thing he doesn't have is the belt. Dirrell will have to wait for that to be sent to him.

"I'm gonna hold that thing. I'm gonna sleep with that thing," he said.
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