Watch: Flint's Andre Dirrell wins IBF title by DQ, uncle punches opponent
Flint boxer Andre Dirrell won the interim IBF world super middleweight title by disqualification Saturday night after opponent Jose Uzcategui delivered an illegal blow after the bell in the eighth round.
But Dirrell's camp took it a step further following the fight at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Shortly after the match, Dirrell's uncle and trainer Leon Lawson Jr. entered the ring and sucker punched Uzcategui with a left hook to the jaw and a right jab to the neck area.
Lawson's apparent frustration stemmed from Uzcategui (26-2) sending Dirrell (26-2) to the the canvas with a combination that referee Bill Clancy ruled came after the bell. Uzcategui led on two of three judges’ scorecards at the time, and was tied on the other.
Medical staff examined Dirrell, who eventually got to his feet and hugged Uzcategui and his camp. Moments later, Lawson attacked Uzcategui, who had to be restrained from retaliating and was eventually rushed out of the arena.
Lawson managed to slip out of the arena following the postfight chaos and local police are seeking Lawson for questioning.
Uzcategui's adviser Sean Gibbons later filed charges against Lawson for first- and second-degree assault, meaning Lawson could face up to 25 years in prison for first degree or up to 10 years and/or a $2,500 fine for second degree if convicted.
“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.”