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Anthony Dirrell receives special honor

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A world champion from Mid-Michigan received a special honor on Wednesday.

Oct. 15 was declared Anthony Dirrell Day by the Genesee County Commission.

Dirrell proudly accepted the proclamation for his day of recognition in Genesee County. The 30-year-old Flint native won the WBC Super Middleweight championship in August.

"It's wonderful because now most people know who I am. I got acknowledged in Lansing, the city of Flint, it is tremendous that they're recognizing me and know what I did," Dirrell said. "I got the key to the city, but that's not like a day, a day is a day, and I think I've got three days now, so I'm very proud of myself I came a long way. It wasn't an easy road."

That's because Dirrell beat Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma a few years ago and he also got over serious injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Now his picture is on the world championship belt, a belt that also features a photo of "the greatest," Muhammed Ali.

"It's wonderful. My grandfather always knew that me and my brother would do it, and we did it," Dirrell said.

He said he appreciates all the support he's received, and he plans on hanging out in the Flint area.

"So the people can come and support me and come and check me out live," Dirrell said.

The past few days have marked big occasions in Dirrell's life. He was married last Saturday, and celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

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