DeGale vs Jack: James DeGale battles to a draw with Badou Jack in unification fight

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Highlights of the thrilling super-middleweight unification fight between James DeGale and Badou Jack

James DeGale was denied victory by a last-round knockdown as his unification fight with Badou Jack was scored a majority draw in New York.

James DeGale talking points

James DeGale talking points

Five talking points after James DeGale fought to a draw against Badou Jack

IBF champion DeGale floored WBC title-holder Jack in the first round, but was dropped in the 12th and although one judge scored the fight 114-112 in his favour, two scores of 113-113 meant both men retained their super-middleweight belts.

DeGale calls for rematch

DeGale calls for rematch

DeGale called for a rematch after their unification fight was scored a majority draw

Appeals for a rematch from DeGale in the post-fight interview might not be granted as Jack suggested afterwards that he might step up to light-heavyweight instead of taking a return fight.

DeGale prised open Jack’s tight defences in the opening three minutes as a straight left hand sent his opponent stumbling backwards onto the canvas.

James DeGale, Badou Jack
Image: DeGale floored Jack in the first round at the Barclays Center

With only seconds remaining in the round, DeGale could land just a few more punches, and Jack looked stunned as he returned to his stool.

The Harlesden man showed off his hand speed with a cluster of hooks in the second round, but Jack found his range in the third and fired back with right hands.

DeGale upbeat despite injuries

DeGale upbeat despite injuries

DeGale has a broken ear drum and is missing his front teeth but remains in high spirits

A left hook from Jack caught the eye in a closely contested fourth, while the referee was even hit by a late punch from the ‘The Ripper’ at the end of a tight fifth, which saw DeGale unload crisp combinations.

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But Jack enjoyed clear success in the sixth round as a body shot seemed to trouble DeGale, who withstood more stinging shots on the ropes.

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DeGale said he wants a rematch with Jack after their fight ended as a majority draw

The British fighter was being forced to trade at close quarters in a damaging dogfight and was hurt in a torrid eighth round.

A jolting uppercut from Jack dislodged the gumshield from the mouth of DeGale, who had to withstand a ferocious assault.

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DeGale struggled to convince Jack to agree to a rematch after their draw in New York

DeGale would show his grit in the ninth, hammering back with his own hooks, despite losing his gum shield again in another fierce exchange.

With the fight evenly balanced, DeGale stepped up his attack and a flurry of punches seemed to briefly hurt Jack in the 10th.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14:  Badou Jack knocks down James DeGale in the twelfth round during their WBC/IBF Super Middleweight Unification bout at the Barcla
Image: Jack closed the gap on the scorecards with a 12th round knockdown

Victory would be snatched from DeGale in the last round as he switched off for a second and was dropped heavily by a short uppercut from Jack, but 'Chunky' clambered to his feet and fired back bravely in the closing minute.

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Referee Arthur Mercante Jr was caught accidentally by a left hook from Badou Jack.

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