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Photos: Andre Dirrell Wins By DQ After Post-Bell Knockout

Maryland - Co-featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in a 12-round clash for the IBF Interim Super Middleweight Title, Flint, Michigan's Andre Dirrell, (26-2, 16 KOs), was declared the winner after round eight as Jose Uzcategui, (26-2, 22 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, was disqualified for a punch after the bell sounded to end the eighth round.

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Uzcategui started fast, battering Dirrell from the opening round, cutting off the ring and slamming away with body and head shot through the first three rounds. Dirrell saw success starting in the fourth round, countering Uzcategui and scoring well.

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Over the next four rounds, the contenders traded even as the fight became more hotly contested. At the end of the eighth round, with Dirrell backed into a neutral corner, Uzcategui let loose with a three-punch combination, the last left hand hitting the southpaw after the bell as he fell to the combination.

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Following a delay to allow medical personnel to attend to Dirrell, referee Bill Clancy declared that Uzcategui was disqualified with Dirrell being declared the winner.

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Said referee Bill Clancy about his decision, "The bell rang to stop the round. The round was over and Andre [Dirrell] was knocked out with an illegal punch. So therefore, Dirrell will win this fight by disqualification.

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"That's a blatant foul. Earlier in the fight, I had warned Uzcategui. I warned him. Dirrell wins the fight, he was clearly unable to continue."

About the ending, Dirrell said, "All I remember was him [Uzcategui] throwing a shot at me at the same time the bell rang. After that everything was blurry. I remember a shot and then all went fuzzy.

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"I forgive Uzcategui. I forgive his camp. I don't want to win a championship like this. I wanted to win fair and square. But I forgive him.

Following the decision, Dirrell's trainer and uncle Leon Lawson punched Uzcategui in the corner, sparking a brief altercation in the ring that was quelled by MGM National Harbor security and local police.

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"I'm sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.

"I'm going to stand up like a man. I didn't win like I wanted to, but I'll be back. I'm going to come back as soon as they let me."

Stated a very disappointed Uzcategui, "I felt very good. I was hurting him the entire fight. I felt like I could hurt him anytime I wanted. Nothing he hit me with hurt me.

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"I was throwing a three-punch combination and I didn't hear the bell. I didn't mean to hit him. The third punch wasn't that hard of a punch. I was surprised he stayed down. 
 
"He did the same thing against Abraham that he did against me tonight. He quit against me and he quit against him. I deserve to be the winner."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by turnedup on 05-22-2017

Dirrell was done, people up here claiming this or that need to remove the bias and rewatch that the real ko blow landed right exactly at the bell and the last blow came a hot second after that. This wasn't…

Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 05-22-2017

They need to do it again. I get the feeling Dirrel doesn't want to do it again.

Comment by AddiX on 05-21-2017

It was a clean knockout. If I dropped my hands when the bell rang my Coach would chew me the fck up for not protecting myself. It's not a mistake that Dirrell was the one in this situation, he's always…

Comment by A.K on 05-21-2017

[QUOTE=T.M.T;17689738]you hate to win that way but these fighters have to control themselves. hitting after the bell doe[/QUOTE] You the type to suck dick cause your boy said do it foh fruit.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 05-21-2017

[QUOTE=Metho_4u;17691592]Whether dirrell actually faked it or not, the fact is he did get hit after the bell, thus it's an illegal blow, so it was the correct call. Speaking of dirrell, he was the last guy to beat goloofkin[/QUOTE] ^This.…

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