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Jack and DeGale fight to majority draw

Jack and DeGale fight to majority draw

By James Bell


Saturday night at the Barclays Center was the stage for the super middleweight unification match between WBC champion Badou Jack and IBF champion James DeGale, and the fight was action packed from start to finish. There was knockdowns on the first and last rounds of the fight, and that fit within the theme of how the fight went as there was a ebb and flow that swayed back and forth with DeGale and Jack. At the end of the fight, two judges (Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld) scored the fight 113-113 and judge Glenn Feldman scored it 114-112 to have the fight recorded a majority draw. Both fighters end up keeping their versions of the super middleweight title.

It looked like Badou Jack had the momentum at the second half of the fight after being knocked down in the first round by DeGale. At first, DeGale was using his foot movement to stay away from Jack’s attack but the gameplan by Jack was to slow down DeGale with body shots and getting to the inside. While DeGale was moving around the ring, Jack was still able to connect with his punches really well and break him down a bit in the latter rounds. The amount of punches that Jack was able to connect at a better percentage starting with the 5th round. He was under 30% in each of the first four rounds but that changed afterwards as it was above 30% for every round except the 9th (via CompuBox). In comparison, James DeGale was below 30% in connected punches in every round but the 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Badou Jack was very disappointed at the decision as he experienced the second consecutive majority decision draw. On April of 2016 at the DC Armory he had a majority draw against Lucian Bute. “He was doing a lot of running, he was throwing a lot of (punches) at my guard.  I thought I won the fight.” said Jack after the majority draw against DeGale was announced. “I finished stronger.  His knockdown was a flash knockdown. I won the fight.”

He had intentions of moving up to the light heavyweight division after this fight, and if he scored the win to unify the super middleweight titles, he would be regarded as the best super middleweight in the world and have a lot of momentum to go into the 175 pound division. Now, it seems like he may have to put that on hold for a potential rematch against James DeGale. On the flip side, DeGale was open to a rematch against Jack – as long as it is in England.

“Let’s do it again.  Let’s do it again in London.” DeGale stated to Jim Gray after the fight. “I’ve got huge respect for this man, but I thought I won that.  I landed the cleanest shots. He hit me (in the 12th), but I was more off balance.  I respect him.  He’s a good, round fighter.  Let’s go again.”

In the co-feature, Gervonta Davis defeated Jose Pedraza via 7th round knockout to win the IBF super featherweight championship. Davis moved to 17-0 and registered his 16th knockout, and at 22 years old becomes one of the youngest world champions in boxing. Pedraza suffered his first loss of his career, going down to 22-1. In the start of this fight, Davis was coming out fast with his hands and showcasing his power against Pedraza. At first Pedraza was able to weather the storm and responded by putting pressure on the young man. However, there were spurts where Pedraza did not throw any punches and took shots by Davis to see if he could take the punches. That proved to be costly in the long run as by the 6th round, it took a toll on him and then in the 7th round he got caught with a good shot to the head that put him to the canvas, and while he was able to get up before the count the referee stopped the bout.

Gervonta Davis had said after the fight that “It means a lot [to win this world title]. I put in hard work. My team put in hard work. We came out on top. I have a great promoter and a great boxer backing me and it felt great.”


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