Dirrell-Uzcategui II Targeted for Jan. 27
After their original encounter ended in controversy and sparked a major post-fight aftermath, Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui look to be headed towards a re-match in Los Angeles on January 27th.
While the fight isn’t official yet, Uzcategui’ promoter, Fernando Beltrán, tells ESPN Deportes that the two sides have a verbal agreement for the bout.
While the first bout between both men was pretty entertaining, the end of the eighth round saw Uzcategui nail Dirrell with a combination that saw a punch land after the bell, knocking Dirrell out cold. It was the second time Uzcategui was warned for such an infraction during the fight and Dirrell could not continue, so Uzcategui was disqualified. Dirrell won the IBF Super Middleweight Title.
But things got crazier when Dirrell’s uncle and cornerman, Leon Lawson, sucker punched Uzcategui after the DQ. Lawson was suspended by the Maryland athletic commission and faces charges. The commission upheld the DQ in early September, but the IBF disagreed, stating the punch was not intentional and noting other errors by the commission. The commission ordered a re-match.