Exclusive: Attorney confirms Leon Lawson preliminary hearing
Andre Dirrell’s uncle and trainer Leon Lawson is set to appear in court today following his sensational ring invasion assault on Jose Uzcategui last month.
A debated disqualification by referee Bill Clancy against Uzcategui led to Lawson jumping through the ropes and punching the boxer bare-fisted square on the jaw.
There has since been outrage at Lawson’s actions, bringing police charges into the bargain, which attorney Frank J. Manley has now confirmed will be dealt with.
“Frank J. Manley announced that fugitive warrants for the arrest of Leon A. Lawson on assault charges out of the State of Maryland have been lifted,” World Boxing News were exclusively told on Thursday.
“These charges stem from an altercation following a recent Championship Boxing Match.
“Mr. Lawson, also represented by Attorney Thomas C. Mooney, is scheduled to appear at the Prince George County District Court on June 2, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.”
Lawson has already been suspended indefinitely by the WBC and WBA, whilst the IBF have ordered an immediate rematch between Dirrell and Uzcategui, who were fighting for the interim super-middleweight title.
Jail time seems a possibility for Lawson as Team Uzcategui push through with their complaint on the back of what was a shocking act by the coach.
Whatever the end result, Lawson will have some explaining to do should he ever want to corner for his nephew again in the future, that is if the authorities don’t hand down a custodial sentence.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay