While this deviates from my normal postings, I couldn’t help but write about an amazing duo that fought their hearts-out this past weekend.
Boxing fans were treated to an amazing fight as James DeGale (Age 30; Birthplace: England; Record: 23-1-1; Current International Boxing Federation Super Middleweight Champion) met Badou Jack (Age: 33; Birthplace: Sweden; Record 20-1-3; Current World Boxing Council Super Middleweight Champion) in a unification match this past Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York.
What a way to start the New Year!
It was a battle of two 168-pound technicians, with tremendous punching power, who stood toe-to-toe and fought from the beginning of each round to the very last second.
(Here is referee Arthur Merchante, Jr. who caught Jack’s left hand at the end of the fifth round – See Video Here)
The 12-rounds of high drama included more than 1,300 punches thrown, but in the end, the judges scored the fight: A MAJORITY DRAW.
In the post fight interviews, they each rightly believed they had won the fight and for this boxing novice, they both deserved to win. In the end, it was the sport of boxing that was the clear winner.
I hope to see a rematch between these two warriors.