By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
Brooklyn, NY (January 15th, 2017)– Floyd Mayweather Jr. now has the youngest and one of the most talented world champions, Gervonta Davis, the new International Boxing Federation World Super Featherweight champion. Floyd also has Badou Jack, who holds the World Boxing Council Super Middleweight title.
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Mayweather Promotions promoted an exciting USA Showtime nine bout pro card. Floyd’s electric personality added an air of both mystery and emotional intensity to the event as he cheered and paced around at ringside. When the boxing card was over, Floyd felt like he never wanted to return to promote a boxing card in New York again.
In his unification match with IBF World Super Middleweight champion James DeGale, 23-1-1, 14 knockouts, Herfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Jack, 20-1-2 with 12 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada, had to settle for his second consecutive draw to retain his WBC world title. Jack, down in the first round, traded rounds with DeGale throughout the contest. Jack did best when DeGale came inside and tried too trade at close quarters. DeGale did best when he boxed sharply on the outside with single jabs and power shots. Overall, though, Jack landed 59 more punches, and scored an impressive knockdown in round 12. The judges called it a draw, one had it for DeGale. Without the final round knockdown, DeGale would have won a unanimous decision.
Real Combat Media scored the bout 115-113 for Badou Jack, and agreed with Floyd. The final round knockdown should have been enough to put Jack over the top to win the bout outright.
Floyd was right to criticize the judging from his viewpoint, but he missed the crucial factor. Owing to the change in fighter insurance requirements per event in boxing and MMA, there have been no professional boxing events in New York since Errol Spence headlined on a Lou DiBella Promotions card in Coney Island Brooklyn in August 2016. With all due respect to the New York State Athletic Commission and their highly qualified judges, the judges were out of practice and were cold. Floyd overlooked this key factor.
The DeGale versus Jack bout was exciting by boxing standards. Many rounds were close. Perhaps the judges wanted to be more neutral and fair to British fighter DeGale and show they were not influenced by Floyd’s magnetic ringside presence. DeGale obviously did not want to fight Jack is Las Vegas territory where the odds of defeating a Floyd fighter are remote, though it has been done. Since Jack is moving up to 175 pounds, the chances of a rematch are slim to none, in particular because Floyd wants to sign DeGale and fight him in his native United Kingdom where he remains a monster money making draw.
Some reporters criticized Floyd’s post fight press conference speech about the draw being unfair when he felt Jack won. This reporter found Floyd to be honest, likeable, emotionally sincere, and real, expressing a sincere fatherly interest in his fighters, and their present and future well-being. Floyd truly is the modern day Don King of boxing in terms of publicity and purses, as Floyd is keeping boxing on the map, bringing it back and making it work, Floyd does, as he claims, know more universally than anyone on the face of the planet alive. Floyd missed the mark in New York. Like a rusty inactive boxer, the New York State Athletic Commission’s boxing personnel were inactive for nearly half a year. While officials did their best, it could not be their best due to the period of boxing event inactivity.
Badou Jack did well with power shots and body punches in the middle rounds, knocking out one of DeGale’s teeth after his mouthpiece fell out. DeGale, an Olympic gold medalist, went down for the first time in his career. DeGale used great footwork in the early rounds to score punches for points, making Jack look slow-footed. However, the game plan of the two fighters went back and forth with inconsistency, enabling both fighters to have their moments.
Result: Badou Jack Majority Draw 12 James DeGale, Super Middleweights
Jack retains the WBC World Super Middleweight title
DeGale retains the IBF World Super Middleweight title
Scoring: 114-112, DeGale. 113-113, 113-113, Majority draw.
Jack down in first round. DeGale down in 12th round for first time in career.
Referee: Arthur Mercante Jr.
WBC Supervisor: Chuck Williams
IBF Supervisor: Lindsey Tucker
In the preliminary bout to the main event, southpaw Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Baltimore, Maryland, won the International Boxing Federation World Super Featherweight title with a seventh round stoppage of 22-0 world champion Jose Pedraza of Cidra, Puerto Rico. At 22 years old, Davis is the youngest world boxing champion. None of the 17opponents of Davis has gone the distance. Davis landed numerous uppercuts and right hands which tore Pedraza up, outlanding him 417 to 117. Pedraza took a bad beating in the sixth round, and went down and out under the ropes in the seventh round, beating the count, but in no shape to continue.
Result: Gervonta Davis TKO 7 Jose Pedraza, Super Featherweights (2:36)
Davis wins IBF World Super Featherweight title
Pedraza was down in the seventh round\Referee: Ricky Gonzalez
Amanda Serrano Win 10 Yazmin Rivas, Super Bantamweights
Serrano retains WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title. Two minute rounds.
Rivas counterpunched Serrano’s every punch, and traded in front of her all night. Serrano outlanded Rivas who missed often. Serrano won a strong tenth round to punctuate the win.
Immanuwel Aleem TKO 6 Ievgen Khytrov, Middleweights (1:20)
Aleem wins WBC Silver Middleweight title
In battle of unbeaten prospects, Aleem dropped Khytrov in the third and sixth rounds. Khytrov won rounds moving forward technically, but had interior head and foot movement. Aleem found a place for his power right hand, winning the first round and testing his power to see if Khytrov could take it.
The third round should have been a warning bell for Khytrov, ranked second in the world, to respect Aleem’s power. In a moment when Aleem was on the ropes, Khytrov decided he could finish him. Aleem saw an opening for his right hand and landed it to Khytrov’s head, who went down. Then Aleem finished Khytrov along the ropes, who did not recover from the second knockdown.
Thomas Delorme TKO 6 Brian Jones, Welterweights (1:49)
A stay busy tune up bout for Delorme, who had his work cut out for him with game Jones.
Irish Noel Murphy Win 6 Maxito Sainvil, Welterweights
Cork, Ireland welterweight prospect Murphy, 7-0, wins every round. Unanimous decision.
Julian Sosa Win Majority Decision 6 Gabriel Solario, Welterweights
7-0-1 Mexican Brooklyn welterweight prospect Sosa keeps rolling along, still needs work.
Adam Kownacki TKO 2 Joshua Tufte, Heavyweights (2:40)
15-0 Polish Brooklyn heavyweight Kownacki finished Tufte on his feet in a corner.
Kenny Robles (Pro Debut) Win 6 Latorie Woodberry, Welterweights