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Uzcategui: I Hope Dirrell Isn't a Coward - Gives Me a Rematch!

By Ryan Burton

On May 20th, Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui squared off for the interim IBF super middleweight championship. The fight was ordered when full champion James DeGale needed surgery after his grueling draw against Badou Jack in January.

Uzcategui was leading on two cards, with one even, when the bout was stopped after the eighth round. Uzcategui had sent Dirrell to the canvas face versus after unloading a three piece combination at the bell. 

The final punch was questionably ruled to have came after the bell and referee Bill Clancy didn't rule whether the final blow was intentional or accidental and disqualified Uzcategui. If he had ruled the punch unintentional, the fight would have gone to the scorecards and Uzcategui would have been the victor.

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BoxingScene.com recently caught up with Uzcategui to get his thoughts on the fight now that a couple months have passed and he has had time to reflect.

"Now that some time has passed what I remember the most is that I didn't think it was a late punch. What I want is that he doesn't act like a coward and that he gives me a rematch and not just because I want one but because all the fans that saw me winning the fight want to see it too," said Uzcategui.

The IBF has ordered a rematch because of the multiple errors made by the referee and while Uzcategui has made it very clear that he wants the rematch, he isn't holding his breathe that Dirrell will actually face him again.

"I don't think that he will accept a rematch but talking man to man, if he loves this sport like I do then he needs to be man enough to give me the rematch," Uzcategui told BoxingScene.com.

When Uzcategui was in his corner after the fight, Dirrell's uncle and trainer Leon Lawson landed his own combination, sucker punching the unsuspecting Venezuelan with his bare fists and adding more fuel to the fighters' rivalry. He is currently awaiting sentencing for his transgressions.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Meppolep7;18043916]Did the Dirrells drop a deuce in your guys' Cheerios or something? You all hate him with a passion for getting fouled. I don't understand. You think he retired from boxing for 3 years cause he was "acting"? Obviously there…

Comment by Unsuspected on 09-14-2017

Let's see - an exciting fight with a controversial finish where the quickly fading frontrunner couldn't continue - but we don't need a rematch? Anyone on here trying to put a spin on justifying Dirrell avoiding a return with Uzcategui…

Comment by Meppolep7 on 09-14-2017

Did the Dirrells drop a deuce in your guys' Cheerios or something? You all hate him with a passion for getting fouled. I don't understand. You think he retired from boxing for 3 years cause he was "acting"? Obviously there…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 09-13-2017

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18043398]idc wat he was told and i didnt see or look for any evidence of that bc either way he was ****ing knocked out..he was done..he fell face first in the canvas twice..tf[/QUOTE] He a QUITTER! And could…

Comment by My Low Place on 09-13-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18043369]Explain to me why he was told to stay down when he CLEARLY was getting up???[/QUOTE] idc wat he was told and i didnt see or look for any evidence of that bc either way he was ****ing knocked out..he…

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