In the sport of boxing, there is a viciousness there that isn’t apparent in other sports. Many boxers are naturally tough guys, and many do not come from the best neighborhoods. In a sport that simulates combat in a sport environment, animosity and intention to do harm to the opponent is quite common. This is especially apparent in sparring when boxers from other gyms visit.
The first Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategu match between the super-middleweights, which also had the IBF Interim World Championship title, ended in controversy following Uzcategui’s disqualification for throwing a punch after the bell sounded in the 8th round.
Not surprisingly, his uncle became incensed over this, but nobody expected him to sucker punch the dude.
Bill Clancy disqualified Uzcategui, who declared the punch intentional and ruled Dirrell the winner, and Dirrell could not continue. Uzcategui was winning the bout in those eight rounds on 2 of the 3 judges’ scorecards. Dirrell’s camp told the referee that he won’t be able to continue the bout after Uzcatique’s hard hitting hook to the jaw after the bell.
Felonious assault charges against Lawson have been downgraded to a misdemeanor assault charge, but the lawyers of Uzcategui are already planning to seek punitive damages once the criminal case in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been resolved.