It was one of the most memorable clashes of 2017, Badou Jack and James DeGale engaged into battle at the beginning of the year in January in New York as both combatants sought to unify the WBC, IBF and Lineal world super-middleweight championships. It was a back and forth rumble which captivated many. Badou Jack was sent to the canvas in the fight’s opening stanza but he recovered and proceeded to seize control of the bout as they came down the stretch and even repaid the favour by felling DeGale in the fight’s final round.
Two of the judges that night scored the fight dead even whilst the other had Jack edging the verdict 114-112 resulting in the majority draw verdict. Following that match, DeGale suffered multiple injuries during the fight and has had to focus on his rehabilitation following that fight, which has seen him not enter the squared circle since then and furthermore is yet to agree his next fight.