A lot of fuss was made about IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale having a couple of his front teeth knocked out in his 12 round draw against Badou Jack last Saturday night in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. What DeGale failed to tell the media is that he already had those teeth knocked out a week before the fight in Miami, Florida.
According to heavyweight David Haye, DeGale’s teeth were knocked out while training in Florida. He had replacement teeth that he wore for the Badou fight. Those were the teeth that were knocked out. It’s unclear why DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) didn’t tell the media about the teeth being his false teeth instead of real ones. Only DeGale knows why he didn’t tell the fans and the media that his teeth had already been knocked out.
Haye said this about DeGale’s teeth being knocked out:
“I know a week before that fight, he got his teeth punched out in Miam,” said Hayei. “He had some temporary ones put in. They were damaged a week ago sparring in Miami. Those were temporary teeth.”
If DeGale is going to keep losing his teeth in his fights, I don’t know how he’s going to be able to fight effectively. He seemed to lose his composure after his teeth were knocked out in the second half of the fight. Whether he lost his cool because of his teeth falling or or due to him getting tired, I’m not quite sure. Whatever the issue is, DeGale is going to need to get some teeth that will stay inside of his mouth when he fights.
The Jack vs. DeGale fight was scored a 12 round draw. The results of the fight angered a lot of the boxing fans, including both fighters, who they had both won.
Jack has subsequently vacated his WBC super middleweight title and moved up to 175. The news was announced today by the World Boxing Council. Jack’s WBC 168lb title is now vacant, and the WBC plans on ordering Anthony Dirrell to fight # WBO Callum Smith for the vacant title. That’s a good fight, and we should see a winner and a loser in that fight unlike what we saw in the DeGale vs. jack fight.