Boxer's uncle lands brutal sucker punch on nephew's opponent
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 9:19
But it will be the fight between Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui that will get the most attention in a bizzare scene, one perfectly befitting of this sport.
Dirrell's uncle and cornerman would line a perfectly timed sucker punch on Uzcategui while he was in the corner in retribution for the foul. "I want to apologize for the gladiators", Russell said after he beat Oscar Escandon to successfully defend his WBC featherweight title.
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, almost igniting a riot in the ring. Moments later, Lawson attacked Uzcategui, who had to be restrained from retaliating and was eventually rushed out of the arena.
Dirrell commented on his uncle's actions, per Brian Campbell of CBS Sports: "I'm very sorry for what my coach has done".
"That's my man, that's my brother, that's my uncle, that's my coach", Dirrell said.
Dirrell was awarded the fight after Uzcategui sent his opponent to the canvas with a flurry of blows after the bell.
Police is now searching for Lawson Jr.to arrest him for his post-fight actions, per ESPN.
Lawson (Dirrell's uncle/trainer) left the scene after the melee and was being sought for questioning by Prince George's County Police, possibly for assault. The Dirrell camp, sometimes emotions build up and take the best of us. "He cares for me". "But he loves me".