After having to settle for a questionable 12 round draw last Saturday night in his unification fight against IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale, WBC champion Badou Jack feels he’s got to make sure he knocks him out in the rematch if there is one. Jack got up off the canvas in the 1st round to come back to drop DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) in round 12 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
DeGale has his front teeth knocked out earlier in the fight, and he was unable to keep his gum shield in his mouth in the last part of the fight. The judges scored it 114-112, 113-113 and 113-113. Many boxing fans were split in who they felt won. While many of the U.S boxing fans sided with Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) as the winner, a lot of DeGale’s British fans thought he had done enough to get the win. The fight was shown on Showtime Boxing in the States.
Jack said this via Fight News about him needing to knockout DeGale in the rematch:
“Next time I have to knock him out. That’s it,” said Jack. “I had him before the knockdown even happened. I knocked his tooth out. He couldn’t keep his mouthpiece in after that. It’s the third time now I’ve had a draw I didn’t agree with. I’m the so-called home fighter and it still happened.”
We may not see a rematch between the two fighters unless Showtime can throw some money at the two to make it worthwhile for them to do it again. DeGale wants a rematch, as does Jack. However, Jack’s promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. does
“Let’s do it again. Let’s do it again in London,” Said DeGale after the fight. “I thought I won the fight.”
Mayweather will be the one who decides if there’s going to be a rematch between DeGale and Jack. He’s already pointed out that he doesn’t want him to fight DeGale again. Mayweather’s preference is for Jack to move up to light heavyweight. He’s gotten too big for the 175lb division, and it’s hard for him to make the weight. If DeGale and his promoter Eddie Hearn try and push for the fight to be in London or any place in England, they may wind up empty-handed. This isn’t a situation where they can force the rematch, because it was a unification fight.
“I had to dig down deep and try to knock him out and finish strong,” said Jack. “I definitely finished strong. If it wasn’t for the flash knockdown, it’s a different result. I was never hurt on the knockdown. My feet got tangled a little bit but I need to watch it again.”