OXON HILL, Md. — Leon Lawson Jr., the uncle and assistant trainer of super middleweight Andre Dirrell, was wanted on two assault charges by Prince George’s County Police on Saturday night after he punched contender Jose Uzcategui, Dirrell’s opponent, in the face after the fight had ended.
Dirrell claimed a vacant interim super middleweight world title by eighth-round disqualification after Uzcategui drilled him just after the bell rang to end the round and Dirrell was ruled unable to continue on the Gary Russell Jr.-Oscar Escandon undercard at the MGM National Harbor.
Dirrell went down hard, face-first, and referee Bill Clancy ruled the punch landed after the bell. As Dirrell was being attended to by the ringside doctor, Lawson stormed across the ring and unleashed a left hand that landed on Uzcategui’s face, nearly igniting a riot in the ring.
One of the most vicious sucker punches you’ll ever see. In fact I guess it’s technically a sucker combo? Dude basically unleashed an entire Rocky training montage on this fighter’s face. All that was missing was Hearts On Fire playing in the background and still shots of the cold Russian winter landscape.
To give you the backstory on why Dirrell’s uncle was so upset –
Uzcategui was DQ’ed from the match for knocking Dirrell down after the bell.
Prompting his uncle slash trainer to take revenge into his own hands.
And I do mean that literally.
Incredible camerawork. It’s not every day you can see the exact moment when a man realizes he punched the WRONG fighter after the bell:
Some bad news for Uncle Leon though, as cool as the punch looks in slow-mo on the internet, the police are still coming after him. To the tune of a possible 25 year prison sentence for assault in the first degree.
Meanwhile, Dirrell apologized for it while also getting his back:
“I’m sorry for what my coach has done,” Dirrell said. “My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.
“I’m going to stand up like a man. I didn’t win like I wanted to, but I’ll be back.”
We should all be so lucky to have an uncle that rides or dies for us like that.