By Rafael Soto
Top-ranked super middleweight contender Jose 'Bolivita' Uzcategui will not be left alone in search of both sporting and civil justice, since after being subjected to two painful actions in the ring on Saturday in Maryland.
International promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions announced that he will support him until the ultimate consequences are dished out, in order to ensure the boxer's well-being.
Beltrán, accompanied by boxing adviser Jorge Salom and the Venezuelan boxer from Tijuana, Mexico, Uzcategui, explained the status of the sports and penal processes that are being pursued through the International Boxing Federation and United States police, and all of them expect to have positive results.
Uzcategui was unfairly disqualified on Saturday in his fight for the interim-IBF title against Andre Dirrell after referee Bill Clancy considered that he landed a punch after the bell rang and also told Dirrell that if he stayed down he would disqualify his opponent.
Later, Uzcategui was attacked in cowardly fashion and by Leon Lawson, uncle and coach of Dirrell, which led to a criminal complaint being filed.
"I feel happy because despite everything I feel that I did not miss the opportunity. I was beating Dirrell, I was about to knock him out - and if I get the rematch I'm sure I can knock him out in a round," said Uzcategui in a more serious tone. "And regarding the guy who hit me, I just hope he never gets back inside a ring again, I'm not interested in him going to jail."
Beltrán commented that Zanfer is taking charge of carrying out the criminal and sports proceedings.
"The first thing we did was to take him to a hospital to rule out any kind of injury after that very cowardly act on the part of Dirrell's uncle, then we went to file the complaint and hired American lawyers to represent him and take it to the end," said Beltran.
Beltran is looking for the IBF to order an immediate rematch between the two boxers, and for Dirrell's uncle to suffer the legal consequences of his actions.