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Jose Uzcategui vs. Andre Dirrell IBF Eliminator in Play

By Ben Jacobs

A couple of weeks ago, Jorge Salom, manager of International Boxing Federation [IBF] number one contender Jose ‘Bolivita’ Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs), tweeted that his charge would be fighting Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) in April for said organisation’s super middleweight title. 

Further reports from Latin America emerged that the champion James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) is injured and for that reason the Venezuelan and the American would compete for the belt.

BoxingScene.com now understands from sources involved that the bout between Uzcategui and Dirrell will actually be an eliminator with a view to the winner fighting DeGale.

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This website previously contacted Uzcátegui in an attempt to clarify the uncertainty who said he was told that the Londoner is injured and, “I now have to face another opponent for the title.” 

Indeed, curiously Uzcategui’s own official website produced a news item on the apparent clash with Dirrell for the belt.

Nevertheless, an IBF spokesperson confirmed to BoxingScene.com that the title had not been vacated.  Indeed, Eddie Hearn told iFL TV a few days ago that DeGale had a small surgery on his septum and has asked for a medical exception.

DeGale suffered the injury in question (among others) during last month's twelve round draw with WBC champion Badou Jack at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 02-20-2017

I like Uzcategui a lot. This would be an interesting fight considering where Dirrell is at now

Comment by RightJabLikeZab on 02-20-2017

[QUOTE=Nusky;17440562]Agreed. Although Anthony is a decent fighter and I root for them both- Andre is clearly a few levels above him and should have accomplished so much more than he has already. With him its mental. There's something going on…

Comment by Nusky on 02-20-2017

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;17440403]I was once a big fan of Andre Dirrell. Smh He should have accomplished so much more than Anthony.. Andre dirrell is gifted while his brother is just average. I still have some hope for him.. when dirrell is on…

Comment by MasterPlan on 02-20-2017

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;17440425]against who? no way was pena or findley an eliminator[/QUOTE] I think the Julius Jackson fight was an eliminator.

Comment by Gentblue on 02-20-2017

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;17440403]I was once a big fan of Andre Dirrell. Smh He should have accomplished so much more than Anthony.. Andre dirrell is gifted while his brother is just average. I still have some hope for him.. when dirrell is on…

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