Boxer Andre Dirrell's Uncle Is Wanted on Assault Charges After Sucker Punching Jose Uzcategui

Leon Lawson Jr.

Boxer Andre Dirrell's Uncle Is Wanted on Assault Charges After Sucker Punching Jose Uzcategui

People still can't believe it.

Published May 22, 2017

It has been nearly 48 hours since boxer Andre Dirrell's uncle, Leon Lawson Jr., stormed into the ring and sucker punched his nephew's opponent, Jose Uzcategui, after their fight had abruptly ended Saturday night in Maryland. And people still can't believe what they witnessed.

The bizarre scene took place after Uzcategui knocked Dirrell down with a huge left hand after the eighth-round bell sounded. Since the punch came after the round ended and Dirrell couldn't continue the fight, Dirrell earned the vacant interim super middleweight championship via disqualification.

But the late hit didn't sit well with Lawson, who took it upon himself to enter the ring after the bout ended and sucker-punch Uzcategui. Despite Dirrell apologizing on behalf of his uncle, Maryland's Prince George's County Police slapped two counts of assault against Lawson. As of this morning, police were still searching for Lawson, who will be arrested when found. According to The Sun, Lawson could face a max sentence of 25 years in prison if found guilty of the first-degree assault.

Needless to say, the shocking events took Twitter by storm, as people continue to weigh in.

  1. Here's Uzcategui's Late Hit On Dirrell That Caused Dirrell's Uncle To Throw The Sucker Punches

    Good lord almighty!

  2. Here Are Maryland Police's Assault Charges against Leon Lawson Jr.

    Crazy!

  3. People still can't believe what they witnessed

    Unreal!

  4. People Had Dirrell's Unc leaving town like ...

    OMG.

  5. People do want to know if police have caught Lawson yet

    Sounds like it's just a matter of time.

  6. Some called the sucker punch 'disgraceful'

    Hard to argue with 'em. His shots sent Uzcategui to the trauma center at MedSTAR Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., before he was released after further evaluation, as reported by ESPN.

  7. He was wrong to sucker punch his nephew's opponent, but Unc got those hands!

    That first punch landed was more than a chin check. Ouch!

  8. Lawson's Hands Might Be Tried in prison, if that is indeed where he winds up

    DAMN!

  9. As bizarre as the scene was, it did provide entertainment value for this boxing fan

    How is it that the hardest punch landed came illegally after the fight?

  10. Here's an idea...

    Imagine that...

  11. One fan offered this food for thought

    #Facts or nah?

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: CBS Sports via Youtube)

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