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Dirrell outpoints Ha for first U.S. boxing win

Updated: August 14, 2004, 10:52 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Middleweight Andre Dirrell got the U.S. boxing team off to a strong start Saturday, beating China's Ha Dabateer 25-18.

"Even though the bout was slow, I still gave everybody else something to look at,'' he said. "I believe if I stick to my game plan, I'm going to get a gold medal. Can't nobody stop me.''

A well-regarded left-hander from Flint, Mich., Dirrell counterpunched his way to an easy victory in the second fight of the day at Peristeri Olympic Boxing ...

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