The undercard for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is coming together, as Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui have been added.
Dirrell and Uzcategui meet on March 3 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the interim IBF 168-pound title live on Showtime. The card features Wilder defending his heavyweight belt vs. Ortiz along with Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Jr. for the interim WBC middleweight title.
This will be a rematch between Dirrell and Uzcategui, as the first contest – also for the IBF interim title – ended with Uzcategui was disqualified for landing a strike after the bell sounded in the eighth round. The punch knocked Dirrell out and was ruled intentional, prompting a rematch.
Dirrell (26-2) owns 16 knockouts to his credit. The 2004 bronze medalist in boxing has dropped two decisions to Carl Froch and James DeGale for titles in the past.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of one of the most dynamic tripleheaders this year,” Dirrell said. “This time around I’ll be phenomenal and leave no doubt who the better fighter is. I’m 100 percent focused on dominating Uzcategui on March 3 and getting another shot at the title.”
Uzcategui (26-2) has stopped 22 of his opponents and won four consecutive fights before the disqualification vs. Dirrell.
“I’m very excited to go get what’s mine,” Uzcategui said. “I feel I won the last fight. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong. What happened in the last fight is in the past. I’m going to get what belongs to me. The world will see what ‘Bolivita’ can do and they’ll want to see more of me.”