🇭🇹🇨🇦Jean Pascal and 🇸🇪Badou Jack share a photo after their Light-Heavyweight battle which Pascal won by split decision on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
By Jon Uddin✏
Out to prove that they still have what it takes to mix it up in the Light-Heavyweight division, tough ring veterans 🇭🇹🇨🇦Jean Pascal (35-6-1, 20KO) and 🇸🇪Badou Jack (22-3-3, 13KO) put on the performance of the night Saturday at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading “Pascal Edges Jack in Action Packed Crossroads Bout”
By Jon Uddin✏
The State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia will play host to a under the radar match-up in the Light-Heavyweight division as 🇭🇹🇨🇦Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20KO) makes the first defense of his WBA (regular) Title against former two-division Champion 🇸🇪Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13KO). The fight serves as the main undercard to the WBA Lightweight title fight between Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Continue reading “Jean Pascal Makes First Title Defense Against Badou Jack, Both Seek Relevance At 175”
The #2 ranked fighter coming into this fight, ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (23-0-0, 16KO) is now the WBA Interim titlist by defeating #1 ranked Badou Jack ‘The Ripper’ (22-2-3, 13KO) via convincing unanimous decision.
Browne from the jump was very confident in his abilities, finding his comfortable range and out-maneuvering, out landing against the wily veteran. Badou got off to his normal lethargic start, however it was noticeable early that Badou’s hand-speed appeared slow, either indicating that age is finally starting to creep in for the 35 year old, or that he was having a slightly off night, nonetheless, Browne was on top of his game, and made his presence felt throughout the entire fight.
The 7th round, Browne had a point deducted from his for excessive holding, and within the round, a gash was opened up on Badou’s forehead due to an accidental headbutt that had the blood pouring for the duration of the fight. Browne continued to tack on the points, skillfully outdoing Jack and beating him at his own game.
In the 11th round, another accidental headbutt ensued, which completely blew up the existing cut. Badou’s entire face crimson red with blood, a gruesome sight to see, as the gash was about 4 inches long, one of the worst gashes seen in memory. In an odd scene, the lights went completely out for a few seconds in the 12th, but they flickered back on with little delay, and the fight finished up, with it going the distance.
With credible scorecards, Browne was awarded the victory, and is now the new WBA Interim titlist, which now puts him in position to get a shot against elite LINEAL/WBC world Light-Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr ‘The Nail’ Gvozdyk (16-0-0, 13KO).
Badou in the 12th round was met with a round of applause due to his courage and wanting to continue with the match after his cut went haywire, spewing blood, with the Doctor looking closely at his cut, and deciding to let him continue. Badou of course both for precautions, and to get stitched up immediately went to the hospital to get taken care of.
TRÉ BERRY = 116 – 111 for MARCUS BROWNE
JON UDDIN = 119 – 108 for MARCUS BROWNE
A great fight that all but promises to be a closely contested one, will headline the Broner/Pacquiao PPV undercard.
Mayweather Promotion’s quiet stand-out 2-division Champion Badou Jack ‘The Ripper’ (22-1-3, 13KO) ranks as the WBA #1 contender, and is up to battle against #2 WBA world contender ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (22-0-0, 16KO) in pursuit of the vacant Interim WBA title belt.
Badou over the years has been one of those guys that doesn’t do much of anything flashy, but is supremely skilled across the board, and consistent in methodically breaking down his opponents, quite a few of those prime-time opposition, which is why he is to this day regarded as a handful for anyone in his weight category. His last fight was against former Champion Adonis Stevenson, where after a slow start, stormed forward with a serious finish down the stretch of the fight, but wasn’t able to pick up the victory or the title due to the fight being ruled a draw.
Marcus Browne is a very talented fighter, who has been putting in the work over the years to secure his spot as one of the 10 best in what is a flooded division, however, for whatever reason, he wasn’t able to secure any match-ups against an elite fighter, that is until now. He does have a win over popular New York fighter Sean Monaghan as his stand out win on his resume, and he is looking to further bolster it against a far superior boxer in Badou Jack.
There is another title-fight on the undercard, that is for the vacant WBC Bantamweight title between #1 ranked contender Nordine Oubaali (14-0-0, 11KO), and former Champion/currently ranked #3 contender Rau’shee Warren (16-2-0, 4KO). The WBC is the lone belt that isn’t wrapped up in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament. The winner of this WBC belt will be mandated to face Interim WBC titlist Takuma Inoue. Tune in early to catch the action, as this fight card provides quality match-ups throughout.