ABC Calls For Ban of Dirrell's Trainer Due To Post-Fight Assault

By Ryan Burton has received a copy of a statement issued by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) that calls for the banishment of Andre Dirrell's trainer Leon Lawson.

The World Boxing Council has also announced that it has indefinitely suspended Lawson from participating in any WBC sanctioned fight in any form or manner and that they want to meet with him to try to help him with this grave situation.

The statements from the ABC and WBC stem from the post fight incident that occurred immediately after Dirrell's 8th round disqualification victory over Jose Uzcategui on Saturday night in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Uzcategui dropped Dirrell face first with a three punch combination. The last punch landed just after the bell sounded to end the round. He had previously been warned by referee for punching after the bell.


Dirrell captured the IBF interim super middleweight title with the victory and while Dirrell was being attended to by the ringside physician, Lawson suckered punched an unsuspecting Uzcategui with two bare fisted punches.

Uzcategui'a team immediately filed criminal charges after the incident that almost caused a riot. Lawson slipped out of the arena during the chaos and is still wanted by local authorities.

Here is the ABC statement:

"The Association of Boxing Commissions feels it necessary to encourage all member Commissions NOT to license Mr. Leo Lawson as cornerman, based on his pinch to Jose Uzcatequi. Commissions have many regulations in place directed at the safety of the participants. Even though it appears Lawson was reacting to a lte strike in the match, NO cornerman or trainer should be out of control as to take a punch at anyone, and certainly not at the opposing fight," said Michael Mazzuli, President of the ABC.

"As the President of the ABC, it seems that the action by Mr. Lawson was not only unprofessional but probably also criminal. The sport of boxing does not condone or excuse Mr. Lawson's criminal act and it is my personal hope that the state of Maryland will take direct action against Mr. Lawson. All Commissions should refuse him license as a second/trainer anywhere in the United States. Instances like this one gives the sweet science a black eye."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by New England on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=CONTROVERSIAL;17694138]if he didnt knock dirrell out with a dirty shot after the bell i would say lifetime ban as well...[/QUOTE] he's a pro and he's supposed to stop at the bell, but he's also fighting and throwing a combination and…

Comment by etech1 on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=Luilun;17697600]2 years ban That Butler dude did 5 years in prison for his sucker punch after the fight[/QUOTE] I hear what you're saying. Maybe with Butler, it came down to prior convictions, because that loser was clearly insane. He straight…

Comment by Luilun on 05-23-2017

[QUOTE=etech1;17695779]It was definitely not an honorable thing to do, and he should be punished accordingly since he could have significantly injured the boxer. On the other hand, some of you are crying like *****e$. Calm down. This is a blood…

Comment by Luilun on 05-23-2017

Ban he needs to do time

Comment by r1onnie2 on 05-23-2017

They are about to make an example out of Leon Lawson which they should. No room for things like that in the sport of boxing, someone can get seriously hurt doing crap like that.

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