At last one of the most anticipated bouts in boxing for all the wrong reasons has finally been confirmed after many dates being circulated, Jose Uzcategui will get his rematch with Andre Dirrell on March 3rd on the undercard of Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
The pair met last year in May for a contest for the interim IBF super-middleweight title in Maryland which ended comically inside the ring and even more, shameful scenes was to come.
The pair had fought previously on May 20th in Maryland contesting the IBF interim world title at 168lbs in one of the most farcical endings to a boxing contest in history. Uzcátegui was controversially disqualified for hitting Dirrell after the bell in round eight, which was an incorrect call but the actions of Dirrell milking the situation were shameful persuading referee Bill Clancy to disqualify Uzcátegui, even having a discussion with corner team of Direll.
Things took a much worse turn for the worst with Leon Lawson (trainer and uncle of Dirrell) viciously assaulting Uzcátegui with sucker punches whilst defenceless creating a full-scale rumble in the ring. Following the embarrassing scene, Lawson was issued with an arrest warrant for his actions, charged and suspended indefinitely by the WBC, WBA and the association of boxing commissions within the US. The IBF had issued a rematch between the pair in September, however, the organisation has also refused to change the resulting verdict from a disqualification to a no-contest.
Uzcategui speaking via press release says he is claiming what is rightfully his.
“I’m very excited to go get what’s mine,” said Uzcategui. “I feel I won the last fight. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong. What happened in the last fight is in the past. I’m going to get what belongs to me. The world will see what “Bolivita” can do and they’ll want to see more of me.”
Dirrell a fighter who is never shy of backing himself up says he will be looking to be “phenomenal” against his Bolivian adversary, something which he didn’t demonstrate last year against Uzcategui.