- After a tense weigh-in, the bad blood looked like it carried over into the early going of the fight as Badou Jack wrestled Anthony Dirrell into the ropes in the second round.
- Dirrell switched southpaw in the fourth round and started to fight more aggressively, but couldn’t sustain the pace.
- Jack dictated the pace of the fight through the middle rounds to pick up the majority decision and hand Dirrell his first loss.
Coming into April 24’s fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, the lone blemish on Anthony Dirrell’s record was a split draw with Sakio Bika in their first meeting.
Challenger Badou Jack handed Dirrell his first full-fledged loss with a majority decision that saw the 31-year-old Swede control the fight through the middle rounds, relying on a strong jab and a confident aggression to outpoint Dirrell.
The bigger puncher, Dirrell couldn’t get off that one big shot to stagger Jack, instead spending the night throwing counters that, in the end, narrowly came up short.
- Dirrell vs Jack