IBF orders rematch for Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui
Published: June 27, 2017
This week the International Boxing Federation (IBF) ordered a rematch to take place between Michigan’s Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KOs) and Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KOs). The two men first battled last May in Oxon Hill, Maryland where the fight ended in controversial fashion. At the end of the eighth round, Uzcategui landed a punch after the bell during a three-punch combination that dropped Dirrell to the canvas. The referee, Bill Clancy, chose to stop the fight and disqualify Uzcategui for the punch after the bell.
Afterward, all hell broke loose as multiple members of Dirrell’s camp caused a scene outside of the ring. What the fight will be remembered the most for is when Dirrell’s Uncle Leon Lawson entered the ring and punched Uzcategui in the face. For this action, Lawson has been banned by multiple organizations from working a corner. The legal ramifications as to what will happen to Lawson has yet to be determined. It is highly probable that in the rematch Lawson will not be in Dirrell’s corner.
The IBF must have taken into consideration how competitive the fight was before the stoppage as both men had their moments. It is possible for a rematch to take place this year if both men did not suffer any injuries from the first fight. Uzcategui’s agent Sean Gibbons spoke with boxingscene.com, regarding the next steps being taken with the rematch and Leon Lawson.
In a letter that was provided to boxingscene.com, the IBF president Daryl Peoples gives a breakdown as to why they decided to order a rematch. The IBF feels that the punch that landed after the bell was unintentional by Uzcategui. They also believe that referee Bill Clancy made a mistake in letting Dirrell know that he was thinking of disqualifying Uzcategui.
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