Trainer faces long pri­son sen­tence af­ter coward punch

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Leon Law­son, the un­cle and trainer of su­per-mid­dleweight boxer Andre Dir­rell, faces up to 25 years in pri­son af­ter be­ing charged with as­sault for punch­ing his nephew’s op­po­nent Jose Uz­categui on Satur­day.

Law­son launched a flurry of punches at the un­sus­pect­ing Uz­categui in the aftermath of his nephew’s win in Mary­land and could now end up in pri­son for the vi­cious at­tack.

The trainer climbed into the ring af­ter the fight had been halted and ap­proached Uz­categui, who was stood in his cor­ner with his hands on the ropes.

Law­son then threw three punches at the Venezue­lan fighter, who made no at­tempt to block the shots or fight back.

The at­tack took place af­ter Dir­rell was con­tro­ver­sially awarded a vic­tory by dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Oxon Hill, Mary­land.

Uz­categui was ad­judged to have punched his op­po­nent af­ter the bell of the eighth round of their IBF in­terim world ti­tle fight, prompt­ing ref­eree Bill Clancy to de­clare Dir­rell the win­ner.

The Flint fighter later apol­o­gised for his un­cle’s be­hav­iour, say­ing: “I’m sorry for what my coach has done... he cares for me. He loves me. Please for­give him.”

Satur­day’s con­tro­ver­sial fin­ish was not the first time Dir­rell has been hit af­ter the bell in his 28 fight ca­reer.

The Flint fighter, who two ca­reer de­feats came against Bri­tain’s Carl Froch and James Degale, was knocked out at the end of a round by Arthur Abra­ham in 2010.

Dir­rell suf­fered con­cus­sion and did not fight again for 21 months. Daily Mail

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