American stormed over to punch the Venezuelan – who had floored Dirrell after the bell and was disqualified in the IBF title fight
ANDRE DIRRELL’S trainer Leon Lawson has been suspended indefinitely’ by the World Boxing Association for attacking his nephew’s opponent Jose Uzcategui.
The American stormed over and caught Uzcategui full on the chin – because the Venezuelan had floored Dirrell after the bell in Saturday’s IBF super middleweight clash.
Uzcategui was disqualified – but it is Lawson whose behaviour has come under fire.
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A statement from the WBA today said: “The World Boxing Association suspended trainer Leon Lawson indefinitely for his unsportsmanlike action last Saturday in Maryland, where he punched an unawares Jose “Bolivita” Uzcátegui, who was fighting for the Interim Super Middleweight Title of the International Boxing Federation against Andre Dirrel.
“We think it was an action that all those who love sport should reject.
“There was a blow after the bell, product of an action that I consider involuntary, that ‘Bolivita’ could not stop, and then the cowardly act in which Lawson punched the boxer occurred.
“Therefore, as the WBC did, we suspended him indefinitely.
“I rejected the incident since I saw it.
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“However, I wanted to talk to Daryl Peoples (IBF President) first to make my point because it was a match sanctioned by them and I thought it was best to talk to him first.”
“The WBC banned Lawson earlier this week.”