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Uzcategui-Dirrell Rematch Likely Moving To Wilder-Ortiz Card

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com has been advised that the Jose Uzcategui-Andre Dirrell rematch will likely take place on March 3rd on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz undercard. Barclays Center In Brooklyn, New York will host the event.

Uzcategui previously told us that the fight would likely take place on January 26th but those plans have changed. Sources close to the situation have cautioned that contracts have not been signed yet.

On May 20th, Jose Uzcategui (26-2) appeared to be on his way to capturing his first world title when he landed a three punch combination as the bell sounded to end the 8th round.

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His opponent, Andre Dirrell (26-2), went down face first and was unable to continue.

The referee ruled that the final punch landed after the bell and disqualified Uzcatequi which gave Dirrell the interim IBF super middleweight title. Uzcategui had hurt and staggered several times throughout the fight and was up on points on two scorecards with the third card being scored even.

After the bout was over, Dirrell's uncle and trainer Leon Lawson was still upset about the punch sequence that caused the disqualification and walked across the ring and suckered punched an unsuspecting Uzcategui.
An arrest warrant was issued for Lawson and he eventually turned himself in. The court case played out and the charges were eventually reduced to a misdemeanor - but Lawson was suspended by the WBC, WBA and the Association of Boxing Commissions.

After reviewing the fight, the IBF ordered an immediate rematch.

Uzcategui had his doubts that Dirrell would follow through with the order but revealed that Dirrell has in fact agreed.

Now that the sequel finally has a date, Uzcatequi is very happy that he will get a shot at redemption.

"The rematch is going to happen on January 26th. We don't have a location yet but we are training and will be ready for that date," said Uzcategui.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan who lives in Tijuana, Mexico is brimming with confidence after their first encounter.  He feels that the fight will be a lot easier this time around."I am more confident now after the first fight. I will do even better this time.  He won't last more than three rounds!" Uzcategui told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;18379524]wait what??? Wilder/Ortiz is official??[/QUOTE] Not officially announced yet, but very likely to happen. They may be waiting until the week of the Spence fight while the media is already in town to announce the next big Barclays event.

Comment by siablo14 on 01-03-2018

See [MENTION=14301]hectari[/MENTION], they are running it back. No serious damage was done to boxing.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=wrecksracer;18379516]This fight won't go 3 rounds! Dirrell will try to fake being fouled in the 2nd.[/QUOTE] I can see that and then uncle Leon climbs to the top rope and does an elbow drop on Uzcategui when hes not looking

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 01-03-2018

wait what??? Wilder/Ortiz is official??

Comment by wrecksracer on 01-03-2018

This fight won't go 3 rounds! Dirrell will try to fake being fouled in the 2nd.

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