Uzcategui: Dirrell, Uncle Couldn't Hurt Me; Incident is in Past

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Jose Uzcategui isn’t seeking vengeance for the sucker punches he took nine months ago.

The super middleweight contender even joked Thursday during an interview with that neither Andre Dirrell nor his uncle/former trainer, Leon Lawson Jr., could hurt him during and after their first fight. The forgiving fighter doesn’t hold Dirrell in any way accountable for his uncle’s ugly actions following their May 20 bout in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Angry because Uzcategui hit Dirrell after the bell, Lawson punched Uzcategui in the face twice following his disqualification defeat at MGM National Harbor.

dirrell-uzcategui (11)

“What happened is in the past,” Uzcategui said through a translator before a press conference Thursday. “Things happen in the ring. His uncle decided to do what he did, but now we get an opportunity at the rematch. That’s in the past for me. I’m more focused on what’s coming up Saturday night.”

That’s when Venezuela’s Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KOs) and Dirrell (26-2, 16 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, will go at it again in a 12-round rematch for the IBF interim super middleweight title. The second Dirrell-Uzcategui fight will be broadcast by Showtime as the opener of a doubleheader that’ll feature WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) against Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs, 2 NC) in the main event.

Uzcategui was defeating Dirrell on all three scorecards before referee Bill Clancy declared that he hit Dirrell after the bell sounded to end the eighth round. Once Dirrell said he couldn’t continue, Clancy disqualified Uzcategui and Dirrell was awarded the IBF’s interim super middleweight championship.

The IBF later ordered an immediate rematch.

Lawson fled the scene after hitting an unsuspecting Uzcategui, first with a flush left hook to his face and again with a right hand that grazed Uzcategui’s chest. He eventually turned himself in to authorities in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Felony assault charges against Lawson were downgraded to one charge of misdemeanor assault. He also was suspended by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

“I didn’t say anything wrong,” Uzcategui said. “I just did my work. They tried to mess with me, but I don’t pay attention to that. I just focus on what I have to do in the ring.

“His uncle got frustrated. He took things the way that he did. As I always say, I’m moving forward. I’ve had class since I was 6 years old and I’m a very mature person.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by champion4ever on 03-03-2018

[QUOTE=BoxngLove;18534624]That's a real disgrace Uncle Lawson is working the corner. Uzi was throwing a combination when the bell rang. Did not look blatant. Dirrell quitting is just icing on his entire near miss career. Most talent in all of the…

Comment by BoxngLove on 03-03-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18534400]Dirrell's uncle shouldn't be allowed to work his corner tonight. The NYSAC should reinforce that Maryland suspension also by keeping him out of Andre's corner and away from ringside.[/QUOTE] That's a real disgrace Uncle Lawson is working the corner. Uzi…

Comment by champion4ever on 03-03-2018

Dirrell's uncle shouldn't be allowed to work his corner tonight. The NYSAC should reinforce that Maryland suspension also by keeping him out of Andre's corner and away from ringside.

Comment by champion4ever on 03-03-2018

That's saying a mouth full being sucker punched by a 300 lbs man. He didn't so much as flinch from that punch. They should have arrested that punk, locked him up and threw away the key. He was just frustrated…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 03-03-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;18532935]Lmao I don’t know any of them I couldn’t care less. You shouldn’t let them get you worked up. Calm down[/QUOTE] It just hurts worse because I used to root for good though

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Danny Garcia Backs Adrien Broner To Upset Manny Pacquiao Errol Spence: I Don't Think Keith Thurman Will Ever Fight Me Frampton: If I Beat Warrington - I Want Another Champion Next Charlo Brothers Promise Fireworks, Explosive Wins in Barclays Warrington-Frampton: Nathan Gorman, Arthur, Wright Added Darren Tetley Looks To Bigger Things After Warburton Win Fielding Motivated By Fear, Doubters To Topple Canelo Hosea Burton: I'd Love To Punch Anthony Yarde's Face In! Canelo Feels Mikey Garcia Has a Very Tough Task With Spence Josh Warrington Sees Flaws To Exploit in Oscar Valdez Hooker Warns: I Can Do Some Real Damage To Saucedo's Career! Spence: People Think Garcia is Crazy - This is a Legacy Fight Photos: Danny Garcia, Figueroa-Molina, Uzcategui-Plant - Presser Photos: Porter-Ugas, Santa Cruz-Flores, Dirrell-Yildirim - Presser Photos: Spence-Garcia, Thurman-Lopez, Quillin-Truax - Presser Mikey Garcia on Spence: This Time Little Guy Beats Bigger Man! Keith Thurman: I'm Back, I Plan on Reclaiming My WBC Belt! Premier Boxing Champions, FOX Sports Reveal 2019 Schedule Peterson-Lipinets, Quillin-Truax To Headline FS1 Shows News: Antonio Vargas, Anvar Yunusov, Jean Carlos Torres Jarrell Miller is Interested in Facing Whyte-Chisora 2 Winner Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart Promise a War on December 14 Spence-Garcia To Be Announced As FOX PPV March 16 Gennady Golovkin is 'No. 1 Choice' For Callum Smith, Says Hearn Pacquiao-Broner Press Conferences Set For Monday, Tuesday Claressa Shields: I Can Go as Low as 154 For Cecilia Braekhus Thurman-Lopez, Garcia-Granados, Santa Cruz-Flores Are Set Boy Jones Jr. vs. Craig Evans For Vacant WBO Euro, Nov. 19 Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas Set For March 9 In Las Vegas Joe Smith: If I Land on Beterbiev Like Johnson Did - I'll Finish Him! Kownacki-Washington Set For 1/26 FOX Show From Barclays Holyfield: Two Different Eras, Usyk is The Best of His Time Hearn: Joshua-Usyk Will Be A Massive Fight One Day, Not Now Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew: Afterthoughts Alexander Povetkin Will Have Two More Fights, Then Retire Jay Collins Ready For Debut Under Guidance of Derry Mathews Parker's Promoter: We Want Whyte-Chisora Winner - NOT Usyk Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook: Hearn Aims To Finalize March Date Felix Verdejo's Manager: We'd Like The Winner of Hooker-Saucedo Looking Back a Decade at a Hall of Fame Finale

Latest Active Forum Threads