Uzcategui's Agent on Dirrell Rematch Order, Lawson Court Case

By Ben Jacobs

On Monday, it was reported by that the International Boxing Federation [IBF] ordered a rematch between Jose Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell.

On May 20, Uzcategui was disqualified by referee Bill Clancy for landing a knockout punch after the bell on Dirrell, a contest that took place for the interim IBF world title at super middleweight. 

Nevertheless, in a letter issued on Sunday, the IBF, having reviewed the tape, determined that the blow landed was unintentionally thrown after the bell.  The remaining issue from the night are the legal proceedings which will take place against Dirrell’s uncle, Leon Lawson Jr, who in the post-fight mêlée struck Uzcátegui in the face in full view of the television cameras. 

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Uzcátegui’s agent, Sean Gibbons, provided with an update.

“We go to court on August 16, he (Lawson) will be tried that day.” Gibbons explained.  “With something like this, it was a horrible thing, he should be made an example of, but the court system is about making deals so whatever he gets, even if he doesn’t do any time, he’ll get a lengthy probation.  He’ll never be in the corner for a world title fight with any organisation again.”

As far as the officiating on the night is concerned, Gibbons expressed his disappointment at how the ending of the bout and indeed the post-fight situation was managed.

“I think Bill Clancy lost complete control of the situation, instead of stopping it he just let everybody pile in to the ring," Gibbons said. 

“Tempers are hot and this guy (Lawson) just strolls across and whacks our guy.  This was like the Richard Grant incident (who was knocked out post-fight by James Butler).  The worst ever was Billy Collins. 

“This was a horrible thing, he could have permanently injured him.  Uzcátegui was kind of relaxed, he didn’t really see the punch which is worse and, he took a heavyweight shot.  James DeGale is out for a while with an injury so it makes sense that the IBF would order a rematch. 

“I don’t hold anything against Andre,” Sean continued.  “He’s a nice guy but his brother Anthony is a wack job, he caused a lot of trouble.  Uzcátegui was on his way to a decision or stoppage.  He’s too young and too fresh.  That Dirrell there is half shot, his reflexes aren’t quite what they were.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by goldenbear on 06-28-2017

Dirrell will get knocked out again. He was on his way to getting stopped in the next round. Dirrell doesn't seem to react well to punches since the Abraham fight. Not really sure what's going on with him given he…

Comment by -PBP- on 06-28-2017

Uzcategui is a good fighter. I'm glad to see him get a second chance.

Comment by MexicanStyle#1 on 06-28-2017

this pack of thugs sound like they should be in Broner's corner... I'm sure he would be very proud... they would all be "Keeping it real" or "keeping it hundred"... "true to da game".... hahahhahahah!!! that mentality is poison to…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 06-28-2017

Dont matter what anyone outside the ring says you get up and fight like a man it was a diagrace hes got real talent dirrel but has no heart and a liar only respect i can give him he hasnr…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 06-28-2017

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;17807028]Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Lawson has been a loose cannon for years. Surprised he didn't go full blown loony like this before now. Dirrell though, geez what a bad actor. Strange family all-round. IMO Uzcategui deserves a…

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