Chunky wins a close fight against Porky and Jack somehow draws with Bute
By Hector Franco
On Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington D.C., James “Chunky” Degale won a close unanimous decision over Rogelio “Porky” Medina. The scorecards were 115-113 and 117-111 twice in favor of the U.K. fighter. In the Main event Badou Jack got a curious draw with former champion Lucian Bute. The scorecards for the bout were 117-111 and 114-114 twice.
In the first bout of the telecast Degale had more trouble than expected with Porky Medina. Degale landed the more telling blows throughout the bout, but Medina was consistently coming forward pressing the action. Degale allowed Medina to get him against the ropes and land body shots. The right hand by Medina also landed consistently all night. Degale was able to keep the advantage in the center of the ring by landing great body shots. The uppercut from the outside was particularly impressive by Degale. He landed it from the outside on numerous occasions causing Medina’s head to snap back. After Degale was granted the unanimous decision he spoke with Showtime’s Jim Gray and expressed his disappointment with his performance.
The main event sparked some controversy, as Badou Jack seemed to outbox and outclass Lucian Bute over 12 rounds. Before the scores were read it was a foregone conclusion that Jack had won the bout clearly. The Compubox stats were especially telling as Jack dominated in all categories. Jack landed 61% of his power punches against Bute. Regardless of the scorecards, most fans will consider this a victory for Jack as he continues to show improvement.
Now that these two fights are over fans can get ready for a unification bout between Degale and Jack. The winner of the bout will be considered the best super middleweight in the world. We can look forward to them meeting sometime in the second half of 2016.
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