Former super middleweight world titlist Anthony Dirrell, who lost his 168-pound belt in his last fight, will look to shake off the defeat when he returns to face former middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio on Sept. 6 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The scheduled 10-round fight will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card on CBS (4 p.m. ET), with a rematch between secondary bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell and former titleholder Tomoki Kameda on tap in the co-feature.
Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs), 30, of Flint, Michigan, won a world title by unanimous decision last August in a rematch of a draw with Sakio Bika, but he lost the belt in his first defense to Badou Jack on April 24 in Chicago.
"I'm ready to get back in the ring and prove that I'm still one of the most dangerous men in the game," said Dirrell, the younger brother of fellow super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell. "Rubio is a tough guy, but I'm coming to knock him out and eventually get my title back. 'The Dog' is coming to Texas looking to inflict some pain."
Dirrell is likely to do just that against Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs), 35, of Mexico, who is moving up in weight from 160 pounds and has been knocked out four times. In his last fight, Rubio failed to make weight for a world title shot against middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin on Oct. 18, in Carson, California, and was blown away in the second round.
"I'm very excited to face Anthony Dirrell on Sept. 6," said Rubio, who lost a decision to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. challenging for his middleweight belt in 2012 and was knocked out in the ninth round by then-champion Kelly Pavlik in 2009. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I'm going to leave it all in the ring. I promise a great fight for all the fans that come out in Texas."
The McDonnell-Kameda co-feature is a rematch of a blazing action fight that CBS televised May 9 from Hidalgo, Texas. In that bout, McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs), of England, fighting in the United States for the first time, survived a third-round knockdown and won 114-113 on all three judges' scorecards to retain his 118-pound title.
"I am delighted to be going back to the States and facing Kameda again," said McDonnell, 29. "The first fight was brilliant. He's a class act, and I wish that the first fight had gone on even longer. People wrote me off before the first one, but I was always confident that I would beat him, and I am even more confident that I will do it again. If I start well this time, I think I will stop him."
Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs), of Japan, vacated his version of the bantamweight title in order to challenge McDonnell for his and is happy to be getting a chance to reverse the outcome of the first fight, which he felt he won.
"This is the fight I wanted, and I'm thankful to have the opportunity to rematch Jamie McDonnell," said Kameda, 24. "I thought that I won the first time, but this time I will leave no doubt. I can't leave it up to the judges this time; my plan is to dominate."
Former middleweight titlist "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs), 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was originally slated to headline the Sept. 6 CBS card, but he will instead move to another PBC card, probably Sept. 12 on NBC, against an opponent to be determined.