Referee Arthur Mercante Jr stood firm after an accidental punch during James DeGale vs Badou Jack
Last Updated: 15/01/17 10:45am
James DeGale and Badou Jack were both floored during Saturday night’s fight, but the referee was struck with a massive punch and remained standing!
Watch the video at the top of this page to remember a bizarre moment from the super-middleweight unification fight when Jack cracked the referee with a left hook.
Arthur Mercante Jr took the punch like a heavyweight champion. He jumped in between DeGale and Jack to separate them at the conclusion of the round, but the boxers hadn’t finished.
A left hook that was intended for DeGale missed, and thumped Mercante Jr on the chin. The referee’s head snapped back, he stumbled, and remained on his feet thanks to a combination of Jack and the ropes.
Calm and collected, Mercante Jr simply strolled Jack into his corner, and demanded a sip of water. A few seconds later, normal service was resumed en route to a majority draw between DeGale and Jack.
What a tough, tough ref.