Andre Dirrell won Saturdays night’s interim 168-pound title fight after his opponent, Jose Uzcategui, was disqualified for knocking Dirrell out after the eighth-round bell.
The late knockout didn’t sit well with Dirrell’s uncle/assistant trainer, Leon Lawson Jr. Lawson sucker punched Uzcategui after the fight and is now wanted on two assault charges by Prince George’s County Police. Dan Rafael of ESPN reported Dirrell’s uncle, Leon Lawson, “is wanted by cops and they don’t know where he is.”
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.
Uzcategui was restrained by his handlers. Lawson was pulled away but slipped out of the arena during the postfight confusion.
Uzcategui was taken to the trauma center at MedSTAR Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., for further evaluation and was released a few hours later.
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.”
According to a report on Showtime’s telecast by ringside reporter Jim Gray, police said they were searching for Lawson and that he would be arrested when found. Uzcategui was under police protection, according to the report.