Hey Sports fans last night I wasn’t in a tavern, social cub or betting parlor, but reporting ringside in a packed house at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn New York where IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale and WBC Champion Badou Jack engaged in the 168 pound title unification and broke the ice on the first meaningful fight of the New Year. Both combatants easily came in under the 168 pound weight limit yesterday and electrified the audience with a memorable see-saw battle that at night’s end, was ruled a majority draw.
In a boxing sense, there were no real losers as both champs put up a terrific battle and get to go home with the title they entered ring with. Floyd Mayweather, JR. who shared promotions with Dibella Entertainment and Showtime was madder than a wet hornet that Jack didn’t win and called it a robbery calling for action against judges to hopefully bring an end to horrible scoring. He cited both of his own fights against Oscar De la Hoya and Canelo Alvarez as examples of what he aims to use his influence to stop. Only problem with that assessment is that lovable Floyd was way off his mark. While yours truly had thought DeGale had the lead by a slight margin, I was surprised to add my score sheet and found it a draw at 113 – 113.