Thrilling shootout between 168-pound World Champions settled nothing even though it delivered everything
Super middleweight world champions Badou Jack and James DeGale might not have added any clarity to the division with their action-packed stalemate in January, but the bout that featured both fighters hitting the canvas was certainly exciting enough to earn our Fight of the Year award.
In a fight that was supposed to unify titles in the 168-pound division, the thrilling shootout between world champions Badou Jack and James DeGale settled nothing even though it delivered everything.
James DeGale and Badou Jack have traveled some of the same roads to arrive at their world title unification bout Saturday night.
Who wins the battle of fragile psyches between Badou Jack and left-handed former titleholder Lucian Bute?
Badou Jack and Lucian Bute share an unpleasant commonality entering Saturday’s 168-pound championship clash: Each man is four fights removed from a devastating, almost career-derailing knockout loss.
Lucian Bute dictated a toe-to-toe clash with switch-hitting, 168-pound rival James DeGale in November, often pursuing the Englishman to the ropes and pounding away at his head and body.
A bleary-eyed Badou Jack showed up for a recent workout at promoter Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas-based boxing gym claiming to have gotten no more than two hours of sleep in the previous 24.
Battling Badou Jack over the course of 12 rounds last Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Anthony Dirrell knew he had to dig in late in the fight if he was going to have a shot to pull out the win.