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IBF to review Dirrell-Uzcategui, Lawson case

The IBF will confer on a possible rematch and what to do about Leon Lawson Jr next week.

Andre Dirrell v James DeGale Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The IBF, the organization that sanctioned last Saturday night’s fight between super middleweights Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui, put out a statement saying they will review tape of the fight next week, and also decide disciplinary action for Leon Lawson Jr, Dirrell’s coach and uncle, who sucker punched Uzcategui after the controversial DQ ending.

Here’s the IBF statement:

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.

Dirrell and Uzcategui may or may not be ordered to fight again, but the Lawson case is fairly clear-cut, it would seem. Both the WBC and WBA have indefinitely suspended Lawson, and it has been suggested to U.S. commissions that they no longer license him.

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