IBF to Review Dirrell-Uzcategui Bout
The IBF has released a statement announcing plans to review the bout between Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui that took place on May 20, as well as decide punishment for Dirrell’s uncle, Leon Lawson, who punched Uzcategui after the bout.
The bout ended in disqualification after Uzcategui punched Dirrell after a round had ended and Dirrell was unable to continue. But following the DQ, Lawson ran to Uzcategui’s corner to confront him, and Lawson punched the boxer in the face.
Lawson has been indefinitely suspended by the WBC, and he faces up to 25 years in prison for the attack.
The boxing organization stated that it has received a request from Uzcategui’s camp to review the tape and hopefully have the two boxers face off in a re-match.
You can read the IBF’s statement below:
"On Thursday, May 25 the IBF received a written request from Jose Uzcategui’s advisor Sean Gibbons and his promotor Zanfer Promotions asking for a review of the Uzcategui vs. Dirrell bout that took place on May 20, at the MGM National Harbor Hotel & Casino in Baltimore, MD. Uzcategui’s camp claims that Referee Bill Clancy made an erroneous call when ruling that their fighter deliberately punched Andre Dirrell after the bell.
"They have requested that the IBF review the fight and order an immediate rematch. The IBF will consider the rematch on this coming Tuesday, May 30. At that time the organization will also confer on disciplinary action against Leon Lawson for punching Jose Uzcateqgui in the ring on that night. A fighter’s safety in the ring is of great importance to the IBF and Lawson’s action will be addressed by the organization."