In the wake of a very entertaining bout between Badou Jack and James DeGale last weekend, it’s difficult to see the latter’s post-fight photos and not feel that he got beaten up a tad. DeGale may or may not have had dental issues prior to running into Jack, but they weren’t made any better.
Now that Badou Jack has vacated the belt that he retained in drawing with DeGale, it seems a rematch in the near future is unlikely to happen. It’s a bummer, because the first fight was a much-needed boost for the sport right out of the gate in 2017.
This week on Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, author and filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler and historian Patrick Connor discussed the Jack-DeGale draw, Floyd Mayweather’s subsequent whining, the atmosphere in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, the Gervonta Davis vs. Jose Pedraza co-feature, and more.
In addition to last weekend’s action, news recently broke that Golden Boy Promotions will be teaming up with ESPN to air a few dozen fight cards in 2017 and 2018, bringing more consistent boxing back to a network that has scaled back its pugilism in recent years. Brin and Patrick talked about that a bit too.
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