Team Uzcategui Will Push For No-Contest, Dirrell Rematch Order

By Miguel Rivera

Fernando Beltrán, CEO of Zanfer Promotions, described the physical aggression suffered by his boxer, Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui, as a "painful" and "cowardly" act.

The incident took place after his fighter was disqualified for hitting super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell after the bell on Saturday night in Maryland.

After the controversial decision in the eighth round, Leon Lawson, uncle and one of the coaches of Dirrell, came to claim the corner of the Venezuelan and unexpectedly began to strike a distracted Uzcátegui with punches.

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As previously reported, Uzcategui and his team have filed assault charges and there is an open arrest warrant for Lawson.

"It was an outrage from all sides. It was a very painful thing that made Dirrell's team look cowardly, with a punch that was practically snuck in," said the the promoter to ESPN Deportes. "We are going to legally prosecute Dirrell's team and whoever is responsible."

The World Boxing Council became the first organization to punish Lawson for his behavior. The sanctioning body suspended him indefinitely from participating in any fight sanctioned by the WBC "in any form or manner". The ABC has also called for him to be banned.

The controversial victory allowed Dirrell to take over the IBF's interim belt in the super middleweight division.

Dirrell was struck by a three punch combination as the bell was sounding. The final punch appeared to come right at the belt and a shade after. He fell to the mat face first and appeared to out of it.

Beltrán revealed that they will also proceed to file a complaint over the incident against the Maryland State Boxing Commission and the casino security, and the MGM National Harbor where the event was held.

He added that they will protest the decision of the fight, in search of it being declared a no-contest.

"Dirrell was running. he was terrified of Uzcátegui," said Beltran. "The best thing would be to make the fight a no-contest. Neither a victory for one nor a victory for the other. Let the IBF order a direct rematch and fix things as things should be fixed in this sport, in the ring."

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

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;17695443]You don't get to hit a guy in the balls then excuse it because "it was part of a combination, doe." Illegal is illegal. And Uzcategui had already been warned once for this infraction already. That punch came late and…

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=OnePunch;17694984]you couldnt be more wrong. It is ABSOLUTELY the referee's job to determine intent. That is why there are "intentional" fouls, and "unintentional" fouls, and its up to the referee to determine the violators intent. This was an unintentional foul,…

Comment by xxlefthookxx on 05-23-2017

No DQ necessary. A low blow is the direction of the punch, of which the fighter is wholly aware. The timing of a punch during the round is a different matter. There is no timer in your head, and the…

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 05-23-2017

NC is the right call wasnt tremendously after the bell it was in a sequence that landed right at the end of the bell.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-23-2017

You don't get to hit a guy in the balls then excuse it because "it was part of a combination, doe." Illegal is illegal. And Uzcategui had already been warned once for this infraction already. That punch came late and…

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