Thursday, June 01, 2017

Maryland Commission Issues Statement On Lawson Issue!

The Maryland State Athletic Commission has issued the following statement concerning the events of May 20th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD:

“Based on an initial investigation of events that took place on May 20, 2017 during a professional boxing show held at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, licensed second (cornerman) Leon Lawson, II was summarily suspended by the Maryland State Athletic Commission as of May 23, 2017 for exhibiting unruly conduct in violation of Commission regulations.  Such action is pursuant to Maryland State law authorizing the summary suspension of a licensee where the Commission finds that the public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action. 

The action was taken as a result of Mr. Lawson punching professional boxer Jose Uzcategui in the face following the conclusion of the boxing contest between Mr. Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell.  The Maryland State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Mr. Lawson was issued on an indefinite basis.  The Commission is continuing its investigation and takes this matter very seriously.”

According to's, Dan Rafael, Lawson has plans to turn himself in to Prince George's County police on Friday.  Lawson's counsel says that his client has not been on the run, that he has been in Flint, MI discussing this case.

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