Exclusive: Leon Lawson felony charge dismissed, misdemeanor trial date set for August 16

WBN have been informed of the outcome of Leon Lawson’s preliminary hearing for the uncle and trainer of Andre Dirrell’s attack on Jose Uzcategui.

Lawson jumped in the ring on May 20 to attack Uzcategui after the Venezuelan contender was disqualified and charges were immediately brought against him.

Following the hearing, attorney’s Frank J. Manley and Thomas C. Mooney have managed to reduce the initial charge against Lawson.

“Representing nationally known boxing trainer Leon Lawson, his legal team are announcing positive news in his criminal case,” Manley lawyers exclusively told World Boxing News on Friday.

“Lawson, of Flint, Michigan had initially faced felony charges stemming from an altercation following a May 20, 2017 Championship Boxing Match involving his nephew, Boxer Andre Dirrell.

“Today’s news is that following a preliminary hearing, the felony charges against Lawson have been dismissed. Lawson still faces a misdemeanor charge. A trial date of August 16,

“Lawson still faces a misdemeanor charge. A trial date of August 16, 2017 has been scheduled in the matter in the Prince George County District Court.”

Dirrell has since been ordered to rematch Uzcategui at the earliest opportunity, whilst Lawson has been suspended indefinitely by the WBC and WBA.

The actions of Lawson shocked the sport and follow a similar incident involving Juan Manuel Lopez and a member of opponent Wilfredo Vasquez Jr’s team in October of last year.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay