Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

James DeGale-Jose Uzcategui: IBF Orders Purse Bid For July 5

By Keith Idec

The IBF ordered a purse bid Monday for its mandated super middleweight title bout between champion James DeGale and interim champion Jose Uzcategui.

Handlers for DeGale and Uzcategui were given 30 days from May 23 to come to an agreement on their own. Once they couldn’t compete a deal by Monday’s deadline, the IBF scheduled a purse bid for July 5 at the sanctioning organization’s headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey.

England’s DeGale regained the IBF 168-pound championship April 7, when he beat Minnesota’s Caleb Truax by unanimous decision in their immediate 12-round rematch in Las Vegas. Truax (29-4-2, 18 KOs) recorded one of boxing’s biggest upsets of 2017 when he traveled to London and defeated DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) by majority decision December 9 to take the IBF super middleweight championship from him.

uzcategui-dirrell-rematch (40)

Venezuela’s Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) won the IBF’s interim title from Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16 KOs) in their rematch March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Uzcategui battered and bloodied Dirrell until Dirrell’s cut man, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, instructed a New York State Athletic Commission official to tell referee Ricky Gonzalez to stop their bout before the ninth round started.

Dirrell pleaded with Duran to allow him to continue. Duran, concerned for Dirrell’s health, still stopped the fight.

Dirrell defeated Uzcategui by disqualification in their first fight in May 2017.

Uzcategui was winning that bout on two of the three scorecards through eight rounds. Referee Bill Clancy disqualified him, though, because Uzcategui hit Dirrell after the bell sounded to end the eighth round.

Dirrell said he couldn’t continue once Uzcategui crushed him with a flush left hook to the jaw after the bell. That punch sent Dirrell to the canvas, face-first.

The situation worsened when Lawson sucker-punched Uzcategui in the ring following their fight. Felonious assault charges against Lawson were downgraded to a misdemeanor assault charge in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tatabanya on 06-26-2018

No worry, if DeGale loses there will be Jim McDonnell punching Uzcategui in the mouth on his behalf after the fight.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 06-26-2018

Good job IBF! This should be a god one! Let's Go!

Comment by Sparked_26 on 06-26-2018

Awful match up for DeGale at this stage in his career, He needs the Groves cash out

Comment by FRANKIE420247 on 06-26-2018

I was never impressed by degale, his sister doe 😍

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 06-25-2018

How is degale outside the ring?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Hearn, Golden Boy Keen on Linares-Cano Winner vs. Hooker Warren Reacts To Hearn's Offer Claim For Joshua vs. Fury Loeffler Aims To Stage Several 'Hollywood Fight Nights' in 2019 Liam Smith Would Welcome a Showdown With Kell Brook Pacquiao: What Happened With Marquez Will Not Happen Again! Cameron Krael Fights on Mayweather Card at MGM Grand Video: Mike Reed on Preparing Adrien Broner For Pacquiao Video: Roy Jones Jr. Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Broner Clash Video: Caleb Plant Discusses IBF Title Win Over Jose Uzcategui Video: Al Bernstein Reacts To Adrien Broner Going Off On Him Manny Pacquiao - Is This the One? Amir Khan: I'll Beat Crawford, Take His Place in P4P Rankings! Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor Broner Tells Pacquiao's Group He Has Cat, Dog For Them To Eat Video: Pacquiao vs. Broner - All Access Daily - Part 1 Broner Calls Showtime's Al Bernstein Biased, 'B*tch-Ass N*gga' Photos: Pacquiao, Broner - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Go Face To Face Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - Go Face To Face Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Go Face To Face Broner: Pacquiao, Roach Underestimating A Lot Of What I Can Do Anthony Dirrell Confident of Beating Yildirim For WBC Title Luis Ortiz To Face Christian Hammer, March 2 At Barclays Ellerbe: Mayweather-Pac Talk Premature, Broner Can Win Broner: Me & Pacquiao Did VADA Testing 'After I Made Some Noise' Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Undercard Information News: Ceylan, Otha Jones, Kem Ljungquist, Alejandro Jimenez Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Announced For Ramirez-Zepeda Card Wilder-Fury Rematch: Purse Bid Set For February 5, 60-40 Split Boxeo Telemundo Returns on February 22 In Kissimmee Daniel Dubois, Nicola Adams Returns Confirmed By Warren Pablo Cesar Cano To Impose Will on Aging Jorge Linares Jarrell Miller Tabs Joshua as 'Turd' - Gives High Praise To Hearn Arum: Haymon Only Promoter Who Won't Work With Others Zerafa Warns Jeff Horn: I'm No Faded Old Man Like Mundine Amanda Serrano: Things Much Better Now For Female Boxers Nathan Gorman Aims For Spectacular KO on February 23 Photos: Manny Pacquiao Continues To Grind in Las Vegas Amir Khan: Hearn is Pissed Off, But I Control My Own Destiny Jarrell Miller Will No Longer Appear on Jan. 18 DAZN Show
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement