Things didn’t go as IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale had hoped for last Saturday night in fighting to a 12 round draw against WBC champ Badou Jack. After the fight, Jack’s promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed robbery, saying that the judges had robbed his fighter of a well-deserved victory, and that he would be moving up to 175 to fight in that weight class.
Mayweather said that if DeGale wants a rematch, he can come up to that weight class to fight Jack again. Mayweather also said that he would like to promote DeGale someday. I’m not sure what DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn thought of those comments, as he’s got ideas of keeping him within his fold of fighters and turning him into a big pay-per-view attraction in the UK. DeGale’s draw against Jack probably didn’t help in that cause.
“100 percent, it’s all about Floyd. He’s got a big ego, and he loves the limelight,” said DeGale to skysports.com. “He chats rubbish; don’t listen to a word he says. He said he needs to stick with his fighter. Badou Jack probably thinks he’s crazy. It’s the Floyd Mayweather show.”
Mayweather had a right to be angry though, because Jack did appear to be the stronger fighter over the last part of the fight. He did knock Degale down in round 12, and he did look to be the better fighter in the second half. Why wouldn’t Mayweather be upset about the results? He wants to turn Jack into a star in the U.S, and he’s not going to be able to do that with the judges scoring his fights as draws repeatedly. Jack’s last fight against Lucian Bute was also scored a draw last April.
“To say the fight was a robbery; he should know better,” said Hearn to skysports.com about Mayweather. “It’s hard to criticize him because of what he’s achieved. I thought it was unfair to DeGale.”
I don’t think there’s going to be a rematch between Jack and DeGale. Hearn wants to keep DeGale at 168, because there are two big names that he wants to match him against in Callum Smith and George Groves. Maybe after DeGale exhausts all the fights possible for him in that weight class, then Hearn might choose to give him the green light to move up.