Sun, 2016-12-18 16:44
I think this fight is absolutely fantastic, there is little better in the sport of boxing than a unification bout, between two world champions who are hungry, motivated and have that burning desire to rule the boxing world, both of them have a defeat on their record, but I believe they have used their defeats as valuable experience, and learned from them, which is a big test of a champion, and that's a test both Degale and Jack have passed with flying colours. I think the 168 lb division is still very exciting, even without Andre Ward and Carl Froch, Abraham is still around, so is Paul Smith, so are many others, Tyron Zeuge improving is another contribution, the Dirrells, Groves, Callum Smith, Chudinov, Ramirez, and of course these two.
I believe Badou Jack will win this fight. I know Badou Jack is the underdog in this fight, I think Degale is actually quite a heavy favourite, at first glance, one is bound to think Degale is likely to have the edge, and the majority do believe having either thought causally about the fight, or in detail, that Degale will go back to London with two belts, but I stand by my prediction that Badou will just have a little bit too much for Degale, and become the WBC and IBF super middleweight champion of the world. I think this is a very interesting clash of styles, I think it is so interesting how different Jack and Degale are, you could argue that they're chalk and cheese, and that's true to an extent in my opinion. I can see both Degale and Jack being dominant in periods of this fight, I don't think they'll be too many close rounds, and they'll each win at leads three decisive rounds, which helps the judging situation a lot. I think Jack and Degale are so dissimilar, it is so interesting, Badou Jack does the basics so well, he's so consistent, he's not the biggest puncher, but as be showed us against George Groves, he's great at using what power he has, he's great at catching opponents when and where they're vulnerable, he's great at capitalising upon small errors, and taking full advantage, he's mentally and tactically very mature and disciplined, he's a compact boxer, but you could say he is readable, and maybe a bit predictable, which is fair enough, Jack is consistent, solid, and he's hard to break, but he doesn't often surprise us during rounds, he doesn't do anything spectacular, he doesn't throw at many angles, he doesn't have so many offensive weapons, he's also relatively conventional. James Degale is such an awkward opponent for any fighter, he's so versatile with his offence, he's a puncher when he really sits down in his shots, and finds the accuracy to land the shots to build this up, he's an explosive fighter at times, he's got good amateur experience behind him, he has many tools, he throws at many different angles, he has power in every shot, he's unpredictable, but not entirely in a beneficial way, his champion's maturity is taking longer to develop than one might have imagined, he's known to switch off, and make big, long mistakes, which he nearly always struggles to work around, once he's caught, and once his rhythm is interrupted, he unravels, and his work becomes untidy and unprofessional, he can get away with this, because he shows that champions determination, and is always good enough when he's on top as well as digging deep late on in fights if he needs to, but it is serious set of issues he has as a fighter, it says a lot about him that he can make such mistakes, have such bad rounds, and yet still win against good opposition, I don't think Degale is great at being sensible and conservative for keeping enough in the tank for the 12 rounds, which is a big thing he could correct, if he does, it could help him massively as a fighter. I think at times in this fight, Degale will frustrate Badou Jack, picking him off, catching him coming in, making him look ordinary, using that amateur experience, using that skill set, and I think he'll box extremely well, but I can see Degale making smaller but still existent mistakes in this fight, and Badou Jack capitalising, I don't see Jack panicking if he is behind at the halfway point, and I don't think anything in particular will play into Degale's hands, and I think down the stretch, rounds 7-10, I think Jack will break him down, still getting caught, but I see him using his basic, standard, well practised offence to out score Degale, I can see him being conservative with his offence, but still giving Degale a very hard time. I can see Degale digging deep, and putting his heart and soul into the last couple of rounds of this fight, standing and trading with Badou Jack, I believe Jack is slightly more durable and will be fresher in the late rounds but I believe Degale is the bigger puncher, I can see the last couple of rounds being very close, maybe even Degale having the edge through being able to retreat and pulling a large amount of success out of the bag, it's difficult to say, but I definitely see the fight catching fire big time in the championship rounds. I think we'll see a split decision, and if I'm right, it's extremely hard to predict the official outcome of this fight, but I think Jack will just about do enough to get the nod, maybe 115-113 twice, and 113-115. If this fight turns out the way I believe it will, then a rematch may be in order. What a smashing fight this could well be!
I think this, is absolutely fantastic for the sport, I was very happy to read this article,
It's very good to see these two champions showing each other that respect, and showing such great sportsmanship outside of the ring, it doesn't for second mean we won't see a great fight, there is never any need for trash talk in boxing in my opinion, I'm certainly not a fan of it at all, I don't have a problem with it if it is controlled, and unable to jeopardise the fight, but I don't think a fight loses any rightful interest or excitement if if doesn't have two guys throwing insults at each other, and Jack vs Degale is showing that, I thought the tiara joke at the press conference was amusing, and for both to share the joke, and make the fight, not something to look to as merely an opportunity to hurt each other, but as an opportunity to see who is the better of the two, not knowing who is the better of the two is something Badou Jack, up to this point, has been more honest about, but Degale knows Jack is an extremely difficult opponent, and he can't afford any big mistakes. I can't wait to see this fight, it may be the fight I'm looking forward to most out of all the bouts set to take place. I believe George Groves is somebody who should be talked about more often, because since losing a close split decision to Badou Jack, he's found a a new trainer, and looked very impressive in securing four wins in a row, I believe he's better than ever now, I believe he has the beating of both Jack and Degale now, I think he will fight for world title in 2017, it is overdue, but I believe he will fight Fedor Chudinov, that is no easy fight, but I believe Groves has the edge, if he wins so the WBA title, and fights the winner of Jack vs Degale, then that is an even better fight than this one, because it would have three belts at steak, I really hope those rematches happen, because I believe Groves deserves the opportunities, right now though, I suppose it is about Badou Jack and James Degale, and their promising scheduled 12 rounds of battle, which I believe will do the world of boxing a power of good, and the same for their careers, regardless of who wins.
Sat, 2017-01-14 19:33
I think DeGale takes this fight.
Sat, 2017-01-14 19:34
I changed my prediction, I predict Degale, by split decision.
Sat, 2017-01-14 20:43
I had Jack winning on my card.
Sat, 2017-01-14 20:48
AMAZING FIGHT! WOW! The kind of fight that satisfies any Boxing aficionado. Styles clash, strategy in play, Energy economy, and fighters Heart.! They still haven't announced the winner...but I already want to see the rematch! I have DeGale winning by 1 round...but it feels like a draw!
Sat, 2017-01-14 20:47
It was just a great chess match!!
DeGale Managed to move around Jack, and sting him from different angles. DeGale's punches were not always clean, but they were really punishing Jack and keeping him on the Defensive.
On the other hand, Jack kept himself patient and waited for the right moments to land his punches. Although it was becoming hard to catch DeGale while he jumped around the ring, he was grounding his punching and landing the crispier, cleaner and harder punches
Majority Draw...satisfied with the result.... I can't wait for the REmatch!
Mon, 2017-11-27 19:55
I agree with the decision, I think this was even, it was good to see no wide cards or anything like that, the way I saw it, was Degale got off to a great start, banking a 3 point lead after 2, 3-6, Jack came back great, won 2-4 of those rounds, Degale had a good 7th, Jack dominated the 8th, Degale rallied back in rounds 9-11, but Jack not letting him put a stamp on enough rounds to really establish himself as the better fighter, and then the last round, what a finish from Badou Jack, it doesn't mean anything really, but when Jack was knocked down, I think that was about balance, it was a real knockdown I think, but he blew Degale over, Degale showed a lot of heart, getting through that round, and every time Jack would have a really good round, he would come back strong in the next. A lot of people were shocked by how this fight went, I predicted Jack to win, most didn't, he always gets written off, Jack, and after this neck and neck battle, Groves's defeat doesn't look so bad, it is interesting now, that Degale was considered the best in the division, whilst Jack was considered the weakest champion, nobody said that after this fight. I can see why people think Jack was robbed, but I think the reason people forget that, is because it is easy to forget a guy nicking a round, but dominating a round, that gets your attention, that gives the impression of being in the driving seat, but ultimately, a clear round is a clear round, and to stop it being a case of winning the rounds, and not how dominant you are in one isolated rounds, you have to put the other guy on the floor, unless you get fouled and the referee takes action against the opponent, or occasionally, you can get an extra point for a 3 minute beating inflcited on your opponent, in an extremely one sided round, but apart from that, how one sided a round is, points wise, means nothing, and taking that into consideration, I think it is hard for anyone to call this a wrong decision from the judges.
Mon, 2017-12-25 16:41
What a fight!
Draw is a fair result in my opinion, there were at least 6 rounds that could've gone either way.
I would never score this fight the same way twice.
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