Andre Dirrell vs Jose Uzcategui II
Michigan's Andre Dirrell takes on Mexican contender, Jose Uzcategui, in a highly anticipated rematch.
10 months prior to the fight, Dirrell vs Uzcategui ended controversially, when Uzcategui hit Dirrell after the bell, Dirrell appeared to be hurt, and Uzcategui was disqualified, before Dirrell's uncle and trainer committed an assault on Uzcategui, causing more drama and controversy.
Both fighters are confident of victory in the rematch.
Uzcategui is quick to the punch early, as he charges forward, applies pressure, and outworks Dirrell.
The early rounds are interesting, Dirrell looks hood for breif periods, as he lands some sharp lead shots, but for the duration of the rounds, Uzcategui fights a goos fight, attacking the head and body, sustaining relentless pressure.
As the rounds progress, Dirrell begins to have success, but he is made to work at a pace he doesn't want to work at, and Uzcategui, though made to miss, using decent defence himself, and with the high output, still finds the target quite often.
It is after 7 rounds that Dirrell, mentally seems to fade, and round 8 doesn't suggest different, as Uzcategui hurts Dirrell, and lands plenty of leather as he goes on the attack.
After 8 rounds, Dirrell doesn't sit on his stool, he looks upset, and is not clear with his answer when he is asked about continuing, prompting his corner to stop the fight.
Jose Uzcategui gets revenge, gets his best win, and takes a step towards fighting for a world title.
Andre Dirrell, bitterly disappointed, leaves little doubt that his career is over, and after a tough loss, at 34, his boxing future appears bleak.
At the time of the stoppage, after 8 completed rounds, all three judges scored Uzcategui ahead in the fight, one of them, a narrow 75-77, and the other two, scoring Dirrell a long way behind, 74-78, and 73-79.