By Elisinio Castillo
Shortly after his last fight, Venezuelan boxer Jose Uzcategui declared himself ready to blast out Andre Dirrell and even retire him from the sport.
Back on May 20 of last year, Uzcategui knocked out Dirrell in the eighth round, but the referee decreed that the last punch came after the bell had already sounded and disqualified the Venezuelan, so his opponent left with the interim-super middleweight title of the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
In addition to being stripped of the victory, Uzcategui was savagely attacked by Leon Lawson, Dirrell's uncle, who was suspended indefinitely by the Maryland commission and various boxing agencies.
BoxingScene.com reported earlier this week, that Uzcategui vs. Dirrell is being targeted for the date of March 3rd - at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The boxer, who is based in Tijuana, Mexico with a record of 26-2, 22 knockouts, believes that he was robbed of the victory on May 20, but he wants to make it clear by knocking Dirrell (26- 2, 16 KOs) out.
"I'm happy, because things are happening and the rematch is coming, which is important; I am well psychologically because the outcome affected me a lot at the beginning. I already surpassed it and I only hope to get into the ring and do what I like," said Uzcategui.
"I have to do things better than the first time. A lot of people saw me as the winner the first time, they say I gave him a boxing lesson and this time he's going to do badly. This time I am so sure that it will last three rounds. I left [that fight] with a lot of courage over what happened and for all of the things that they made me go through.
"He could never beat me in the first (fight) and he won't in this one. I know that this second time he will retire from boxing."
The Venezuelan boxer has made more than 200 sparring rounds in Tijuana and San Diego in more than three months of preparation. He plans to come out faster in the second fight, to put Dirrell away sooner than later.
"The plan is to do what was not done in the first fight, not to make the same mistakes, always pressing him, because we know he is not a dangerous fighter for me. We are going to press him from start to finish," Uzcategui concluded.