Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Uzcategui: Andre Dirrell Did a Quit Job Like He Did With Abraham!

By Cliff Rold

MGM, Maryland - Almost thirteen years after winning bronze as a 2004 Olympic middleweight, 33-year old super middleweight Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO), 166 ½, of Flint, Michigan, won an interim IBF crown and the right to a rematch with the last man to defeat him, outright IBF titlist James DeGale. It came in a fight where he was behind early to 26-year old Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO), 167 ½. Dirrell rebounded, and was boxing well, only to be hit hard after the bell to end round eight. Dirrell could not continue and the bout was ruled a disqualification win in his favor.

The real story though will be the aftermath as a member of Dirrell’s corner, identified as his uncle, came across the ring and landed two sucker punches, one flush, to the face of Uzcategui.

The early going favored the Venezuelan as he got to the body and head of Dirrell. A knockdown could have been called in the second, the call going in Dirrell’s favor. It didn’t stop him from absorbing some heavy shots, more of them mounting in the next two rounds.

dirrell-uzcategui (3)_1

Subtly, a shift developed as Dirrell started to figure out the range and land blistering counters. Uzcategui would trap him in corners and not let his hands go, unsure what the countering Dirrell might have waiting. More aggressive in the seventh, Uzcategui still couldn’t land much, Dirrell slipping and landing out of the corner in one testy exchange.

Then all hell broke loose.

Uzcategui threw a three-punch combination, the last shot drilling Dirrell into the floor. The problem was the final shot came at least a second after the bell. Dirrell appeared like he was going to try to shake it off and then went back to the floor, clearly dazed. The crowd grew restless, a fight breaking out in the front row.

Then a fresh fight broke out as a member of Dirrell’s camp walked across the ring and sucker punched Uzcategui. It was all quickly separated. It turned the crowd against Dirrell as they cascaded boos on the ring when referee Bill Clancy announced why he’d disqualified Uzcategui.

Uzcategui was ahead on two of the three judges scorecards at the end of eight (77-75, 77-74, and 76-76). The Venezuelan, who fights out of Mexico, felt Dirrell could have gone on.

“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."

Dirrell saw it differently, from what he could recall. “

"All I remember was him 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. 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.”

Dirrell also commented on the post-fight melee. “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.”

When he does, DeGale could be staring back at him.

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

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;17692150]... Yes... :D I just remembered that I made a thread, here, with a Stevenson's interview vid (at the time when he left HBO and signed with Showtime and uncle Al)... That vid disappeared because it clearly stated that Adonis…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;17692223]... I've found another vid with Dirrell vs Uzcategui... :) (check at 23:00) [/QUOTE] Oops! Another one blocked! LOL Dirrell's people just can't stand their actor/boxer getting drilled. Ha

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 05-23-2017

Shut up lil kid you made absolutely zero sense

Comment by TheUptownKid on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=Pac=Duran;17692246]The punches before the bell rocked him to his core. Dirrell is a quitter.[/QUOTE] Uzcategui tok the L.

Comment by //// on 05-22-2017

These milisecond-late punches happen in almost [I]every[/I] fight. The bell sounding doesn't turn your body to stone mid-combination. Dirrell is the variable here. He has a history of blowing this **** out of proportion to get the W then disappearing.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (90)
Top Headlines Liam Smith: Munguia is Not a Much Better Fighter Than Me Vivian Harris Gets Revenge on DeMarcus Corley in Rematch Floyd Mayweather Snaps - Goes Bonkers on 50 Cent Amir Khan: I Respect Pacquiao - But I Know I Can Beat Him! Nathan Gorman: I'm The One To Beat Daniel Dubois! Boxing is Still in Doubt For 2020 Olympic Games Jaime Munguia Drops, Punishes Liam Smith For Decision Win Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alberto Machado Drops, Decisions Mensah To Retain Title Gassiev Has No Excuses, Gives Full Praise To Usyk Machado vs. Mensah - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Munguia: High Possibility Smith Fight Ends in a Knockout Usyk vs. Gassiev - CompuBox Punch Stats Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Usyk: If Bellew Won't Come Down - I'll Face Him at Heavyweight Usyk Dominates Gassiev To Unify WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF Titles Usyk vs. Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao-Loma, Canelo-GGG, More Video: Liam Smith Talks Pacquiao-Khan, Canelo, Khan-Brook Video: Jaime Munguia Talks Golovkin, Canelo, Charlo, More Cecilia Braekhus Dominates Inna Sagaydakovskaya Over Ten Fedor Chudinov Wins Controversial Decision Over Mohammedi Alberto Machado: I Want To Beat The Other Champions at 130 Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - CompuBox Historical Review Usyk, Gassiev Promise High Drama, Fireworks in WBSS Final Usyk vs. Gassiev - CompuBox Historical Review Usyk-Gassiev Results: Briedis Wins, Ponomarev Shocked Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Crushes Young Gil Bae in One Oleksandr Usyk-Murat Gassiev: Stats & Stakes Frank Warren: Liam Smith, At His Best, Will Beat Jaime Munguia Freddie Roach Focuses on Footwork For Alberto Machado Usyk: I'm Not Worried About Fighting Gassiev in Moscow Joshua: My Side is Signed, I Need To Get Wilder To Sign Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather, Canelo-GGG, Pacquiao, More Coldwell Confident Gavin McDonnell Will Shock Danny Roman Cecilia Braekhus: I Know This Will Be a Very Tough Fight Hearn on Bellew's Options: Fury, Adonis Stevenson, Andre Ward Usyk-Gassiev: Muhammad Ali's Wife To Present The Trophy Ryan Garcia: I Don't Care About Sparring, I Want Gervonta Davis Michael Dutchover Blasts Out Sergio Ramirez in Two Rounds
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement