Jack out­points Dir­rell to take ti­tle in WBC su­per-mid­dleweight

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Badou Jack out­pointed An­thony Dir­rell on Fri­day night at the UIC Pav­il­ion to take the WBC su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle.

Jack (19-1-1) re­ceived win­ning of 116-112 and 115-113, and the third had it even at 114-114.

Jack, the Las Ve­gas-based Swede who fights un­der the ban­ner of Floyd May­weather Jr.’ s pro­mo­tion com­pany, con­nected with a big one-two com­bi­na­tion in the ninth round and forced the fight in­side on a tir­ing Dir­rell (27-1-1).

The 31- year- old Jack has won three straight fights af­ter be­ing stopped in the first round by Derek Ed­wards in 2014.

The 30-year-old Dir­rell, from Flint, Michi­gan, won the ti­tle in Au­gust with a tough de­ci­sion over vet­eran Sakio Bika. Dir­rell was di­ag­nosed with non-Hodgkins lym­phoma and side­lined for 20 months. He also previ- ously broke his leg and wrist in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

On the un­der­card, Danny Ja­cobs, four years re­moved from a fight with can­cer, stopped Caleb Truax in the 12th round to suc­cess­fully de­fend his WBA mid­dleweight ti­tle.

With a com­fort­able lead head­ing into the fi­nal round, the 27-year-old Ja­cobs dropped Truax with a left-right com­bi­na­tion and fin­ished him off with a blis­ter­ing ar­ray of punches against the ropes.

Ja­cobs, from New York, im­proved to 29-1 with his 26th knock­out. The 31- year- old Truax, from Osseo, Min­nesota, dropped to 25-2-2.

Ja­cobs was com­ing off first pro­fes­sional loss in 2011 when he was di­ag­nosed with os­teosar­coma, a form of can­cer af­flict­ing his spine. He had surgery to re­move the tu­mor and was out of the ring for 18 months.

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