Jack vs. DeGale Goes To Majority Draw
It may only be January, but many praised the bout put on by Badou Jack and James DeGale on Saturday night, already calling it for a Fight of the Year candidate.
But the bout’s purpose to unify the WBC and IBF super featherweight titles was not successful, however, as the two fought to a majority draw. Jack retains his WBC title, while DeGale keeps his IBF championship.
Badou did not get off to a great start right away, as he was knocked down late in the first. While nothing as huge happened in the second round, DeGale clearly worked the inside better, showing off his footwork and connecting with more punches, winning him the first two rounds.
The third and fourth were both more even, though Jack seemed to get slightly more ahead of DeGale’s pace in the fifth. Late in the sixth round, it was clear DeGale was in trouble, as Jack was pounding away at him against the ropes.
DeGale seemed to bounce back in the seventh, but Jack lands a hard uppercut in the eighth, starting off another round of an impressive Jack performance — though DeGale was not as behind in this round. DeGale seemed to win the ninth round by pressuring his opposition, but he spit out his mouthpiece, making the ref give him a warning and threatening to take a point away the next time it happens.
Three more close rounds finished out this bout, but not before Jack dropped DeGale early on, marking the first time DeGale tasted the canvas in his career. DeGale had to clinch for most of the round, but he was able to survive.
One judge awarded the bout to DeGale 114-112, but the other two scored it 113-113.
There are already calls for a rematch.