If James DeGale wants a rematch against Badou Jack in 2017, then he’s going to need to come up to light heavyweight to face him, says Jack’s promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather won’t let Jack fight DeGale again at 168, because he’s having problems making the weight limit for the fight. Jack and DeGale met last Saturday night in a unification fight at the Barclays Center.
DeGale had his IBF super middleweight title on the line, and Jack put up his WBC belt. The judges scored the fight a 12 round draw. Both guys thought they won. DeGale was less convincing in his argument than Jack in telling the boxing fans that he should have been given the decision win. Every part of DeGale’s face was badly bruised from Jack’s powerful fists in the fight. DeGale also lost some teeth and suffered a broken ear drum.
“We put on an unbelievable card,” said Mayweather said to Fighthype.com. “We’re here to help fighters, take fighters to the next level. Top to bottom, we did what we had to do. We’re growing. Will Badou fight James DeGale again, yes, but at light heavyweight.”
DeGale might take the rematch offer by Mayweather, but then again, he may not. DeGale is in the position to fight the winner of the George Groves vs. Tyson Zeuge fight for the WBA title. Why would he want to move up to 175 and take a risk against a stronger and less weight-drained Badou Jack?
DeGale wants the rematch with Jack in the UK, and that’s a potential problem standing in the way of a rematch as well. Mayweather is very protective of his fighters. He already said at the post-fight press conference that he might not want to have his fighters on the East Coast fighting any longer due to what he felt was a controversial draw for the DeGale vs. Badou fight. Mayweather isn’t going to likely put Badou in the position where he could lose a controversial decision in the UK.