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Jack retains after majority draw against Bute

Badou Jack

Very little separated two of the toughest super middleweights in the world, but it was Badou Jack who retained his WBC World super middleweight title with a majority draw against Romanian-Canadian Lucian Bute. By retaining the title, Jack set himself up for a unification fight against IBF champion James DeGale, who successfully defended his title against Rogelio Medina in the co-main event of the card at DC Armory.

Two of the judges scored the fight 114-144 with one judge declaring it a 117-111 victory for Jack. It was his second defense of his title. Promotor Floyd Mayweather criticized the decision, thinking Jack clearly won the fight.

The fight started slow but Jack was the must crisper fighter, landing several clean shots and showcasing his powerful left hook throughout the fight. Bute worked the body and was much busier, but much less accurate. Action really picked up as the fight went on Jack ended the fight landing 278 of 703 punches (40 percent), Bute connected on 179 of 857 punches (21 percent). It was Bute’s activity that made it seem a lot closer than it probably was, but Jack’s power and decision was the big difference in the fight.

Bute went into the 12th round searching for a knockout as he believed he was behind on the scorecard. With his right cheek swollen, he came out firing bombs, but the round was interrupted with 55 seconds remaining when referee Guadalupe Garcia called a timeout to have loose tape on Jack’s glove re-wrapped.

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