Badou Jack and James DeGale battled it out in New York on Saturday night, but both were left unhappy as their bout was scored a majority draw as The Boxing Guys give us their verdict on the clash…
DeGale started sharper as he showed off his skills and caught his opponent with a straight left to produce a flash knockdown that stunned rather than hurt Jack.
Although the Brit momentarily tried to jump on him, things settled as the round ended and the IBF champion was certainly in the ascendency early on.
However, credit to Jack as he battled back into the fight, taking on the referee at one stage too as a stray punch connected with his face as he tried to separate the two fighters.
Nevertheless, the fight went back and forth with differing opinions ringside, with DeGale producing the more eye-catching combinations, but with Jack’s defence remaining tight and his accurate punches doing damage to his rival.
A body shot hurt DeGale mid-way through the fight, while an uppercut sent his mouth-guard flying out along with his tooth as he struggled to keep it in thereafter.
It looked like it was going horribly wrong for the Brit in the sixth, and then in the 12th in particular as he tired, got caught with an uppercut which forced him to lose his balance and stumble backwards onto the canvas.
DeGale deserves a huge amount of credit for showing great heart and desire to keep going in the later rounds and after the knockdown, and but for that disappointing moment, he would now be the unified super-middleweight champion.
Instead, Glenn Feldman had it 114-112 in his favour, while Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 113-113 as it was called a majority draw.
Neither Jack nor promoter Floyd Mayweather were impressed with the decision, and despite the pleas of DeGale to set a rematch, both men showed little interest in the idea as they look to move to light-heavyweight after this fight.
It remains to be seen if we get Jack-DeGale 2, but both men deserve plenty of praise for a great fight on a brilliant night of boxing in Brooklyn. DeGale showed his quality and dug deep while Jack again showed why he is regarded as one of, if not the best, super-middleweights in the world.
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