Badou Jack Upsets Anthony Dirrell; Jacobs KOs Truax

BADOU JACK DEFEATS ANTHONY DIRRELL BY MAJORITY DECISION ON SPIKE FROM CHICAGO’S UIC PAVILION

DANIEL JACOBS KNOCKS OUT CALEB TRUAX IN A THRILLER

ROBERTO GARCIA SECURES WIN OVER JAMES STEVENSON

CHICAGO (April 25, 2015) – Premier boxing Champions took Chicago by storm Friday night with an exhilarating fight card featuring three captivating fights on Spike from the UIC Pavilion.

The televised opener showcased Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) getting an eight-round unanimous decision win over James Stevenson (22-2, 15 KOs). The first main event saw Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-2, 26 KOs) in a 12th round knockout win over the hard-nosed Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs). The night’s second main event featured Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1, 12 KOs) earning a majority decision over Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs).

Below are comments offered by the televised fighters as they discussed their performances tonight:

ANTHONY DIRRELL

“He fought a great fight tonight.

“I want a rematch.”

BADOU JACK

“I was in great shape for tonight and I believed in myself. All the talk from Dirrell and his camp never got to me.

“Nothing he did tonight frustrated me. He’s a good fighter, and I didn’t fight a perfect fight, but I got the win.

“I knew they couldn’t rob me. I thought I clearly won. I had a tough start to my career, but I re-focused myself with my team and got back on track.

“It’s a blessing to be part of PBC. Bringing boxing back to primetime is incredible for the sport. I’m not even from this country originally, but I have lots of fans here and this series will only help me gain more.

“I want George Groves next.”

DANIEL JACOBS

“I was in tremendous shape for this fight. I knew I was ready to go 12 rounds. He’s a veteran when it comes to fighting down the stretch, so I had to be prepared.

“At the end of the sixth round I hit him with a right that caused him to stumble into the ropes. I wasn’t sure at that moment if he was really hurt, or if he was just playing opossum. My corner let me know when I really had him hurt though and I took advantage.

“He didn’t hold as much as I thought he might. I’m glad it turned out that way, but I was prepared for it if he did.

“He was physically stronger than I thought he’d be, but he never really hurt me tonight.

“PBC is an unbelievable outlet for us boxers. My hope is that I can continue to grow my brand and become a star inside and outside of the sport of boxing.

“I’m out to prove that I’m the best in this division. I want whoever Al (Haymon) says next.”

CALEB TRUAX

“I wanted to pressure him, but I couldn’t get my punches off the way I wanted to. His movement was great and it was just an off night for me.

“I couldn’t get him to engage me and I think that ended up winning him the fight.

“There were a couple good shots that buzzed me, but no shots that really hurt me all that much. There were no devastating blows or anything. A fighter always wants to continue on, but the ref did his job.

“PBC is fantastic for bringing in casual fans who wouldn’t have otherwise watched our fights. This is truly groundbreaking. After a fight like that I hope that more and more fans will continue tuning in.

“I’m heading back to the gym to put in hard work. Hopefully I’ll be back on another PBC card against whoever Warriors and Al (Haymon) say.”

ROBERTO GARCIA

“I felt like Stevenson was just trying to survive, whereas I was trying to win. I could tell that my punches were bothering him. I could hear him breathing very heavily.

“I was just trying to get back to it tonight. My last fight was almost nine months ago here in this same venue. I needed to get this fight under my belt to keep up my drive and continue working toward the goal.

“I usually have to chase the guys I’m fighting. Even with the punchers like (Antonio) Margarito I end up having to chase them down. I took all that previous experience and used it tonight. It basically felt like a sparring session for me.

“PBC is an incredible opportunity for fighters like myself and I plan on continuing to take advantage of it.

“I have a great team behind me and we’re just interested in moving forward. I’m ready for a big step though. I want Shawn Porter next. I made a commitment to fight him, and I plan on sticking to that.”

JAMES STEVENSON

“Nothing he was doing was really getting to me. The fact is, I took this fight on a week and a half notice. I honestly thought I pulled it off. Everyone knows who really won tonight.

“I was getting in a groove, but then my back started hurting me and that took me out of it a little bit.

“PBC gives fighters like me a chance to showcase my skills to so many more people than we’ve been used to.

“I’m ready for all takers in my weight class. I’m heading back to the gym immediately and I’ll be ready for whatever’s next.”

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COMMENTS

-oubobcat :

I must admit I was very surprised that Jack won. Dirrell's performance was very disappointing and Jack really came on strong to pull the fight out. He showed too that he has a decent chin and took Dirrell's punch much better than I expected. That said, George Groves hits a lot harder than Anthony Dirrell and I think Groves' right hand would do some serious damage to Jack if it lands. I liked the performance of Jacobs. He fought a smart fight against a guy with a very tough defense and good right hand. Jacobs basically won every round and then stepped it up late going for the ko in smart fashion despite being well ahead on the scorecards. He did get hit some late but determined he could take the right of Truax and decided to be more aggressive late to try to close the show. And close the show he did. It has been discussed for a long time but the time couldn't be more right now for a Quillin-Jacobs fight. It needs to be made either this summer or fall on PBC. As for the Garcia-Stevenson fight, well if Stevenson had been in better shape he would have won. He was getting the better of Garcia early until he ran out of gas. And from about round three on he was in retreat mode more or less. Haymon has a lot of fighters between 147 and 154 and Garcia is going to be a good opponent for some of those guys. He's tough with a good chin and aggressive style but slow and easy to hit. He'll make for entertaining fights but don't see him more as a gatekeeper than anything else. I can see Haymon matching Julian Williams with Roberto Garcia this summer on a PBC show.


-Radam G :

I must admit I was very surprised that Jack won. Dirrell's performance was very disappointing and Jack really came on strong to pull the fight out. He showed too that he has a decent chin and took Dirrell's punch much better than I expected. That said, George Groves hits a lot harder than Anthony Dirrell and I think Groves' right hand would do some serious damage to Jack if it lands. I liked the performance of Jacobs. He fought a smart fight against a guy with a very tough defense and good right hand. Jacobs basically won every round and then stepped it up late going for the ko in smart fashion despite being well ahead on the scorecards. He did get hit some late but determined he could take the right of Truax and decided to be more aggressive late to try to close the show. And close the show he did. It has been discussed for a long time but the time couldn't be more right now for a Quillin-Jacobs fight. It needs to be made either this summer or fall on PBC. As for the Garcia-Stevenson fight, well if Stevenson had been in better shape he would have won. He was getting the better of Garcia early until he ran out of gas. And from about round three on he was in retreat mode more or less. Haymon has a lot of fighters between 147 and 154 and Garcia is going to be a good opponent for some of those guys. He's tough with a good chin and aggressive style but slow and easy to hit. He'll make for entertaining fights but don't see him more as a gatekeeper than anything else. I can see Haymon matching Julian Williams with Roberto Garcia this summer on a PBC show.
I hear ya!' I'm surprised to high heaven. Tony D-rell let fame throw him off. WOW! It just shows how "the theatre of unexpected" can roll up at any time. Holla!


-brownsugar :

I'm glad I cut my cable off. I refuse to make over inflated payments which are essentially as large as a small car payment just to watch a few boxing shows a month while the cable network giants stuff a multitude of 6 month old reruns down our throats and call it "variety"..... I actually enjoy the challenges of filling the gaps between the woeful lack of broadcasted intertainment with other forms of recreation.. Thanks for letting me rant. So on Friday, which happened to be a particularly unproductive day,.....after watching old StarTrek,...Rawhide, and Dragon Ball Z reruns, .. I Finally got the opportunity to tune into Truax vs Jacobs and Dirrell vs Jack on PBC and it was like an extremely dehydrated man finding sweetwater in a shaded oasis in the desert. I'm not going to pretend that I knew that Jack would emerge victorious.... But I did believe Jack was the more technically accomplished boxer between the two. While Dirrell has enjoyed,.. as well as earned the reputation of being the more dangerous puncher. Dirrell also depends very heavily on his punching power to the exclusion of everthing else. For a slender guy he's looks like a lazy lead footed plodder who moves just enough to get the job done. I was surprised as much as everyone else was to see Jack dig in and up his work rate thru the second half of the fight. He fought fearlessly and tirelessly at the risk of having his questionable chin checked while Dirrell didn't display a champions motivation to prevent his title from slipping away....Dirrell was like " if you want it that bad you can have it mane "....congrats Jack... I hope the elite side of the Money Team can enjoy the same succes next week.


-King Beef :

I must admit I was very surprised that Jack won. Dirrell's performance was very disappointing and Jack really came on strong to pull the fight out. He showed too that he has a decent chin and took Dirrell's punch much better than I expected. That said, George Groves hits a lot harder than Anthony Dirrell and I think Groves' right hand would do some serious damage to Jack if it lands. I liked the performance of Jacobs. He fought a smart fight against a guy with a very tough defense and good right hand. Jacobs basically won every round and then stepped it up late going for the ko in smart fashion despite being well ahead on the scorecards. He did get hit some late but determined he could take the right of Truax and decided to be more aggressive late to try to close the show. And close the show he did. It has been discussed for a long time but the time couldn't be more right now for a Quillin-Jacobs fight. It needs to be made either this summer or fall on PBC. As for the Garcia-Stevenson fight, well if Stevenson had been in better shape he would have won. He was getting the better of Garcia early until he ran out of gas. And from about round three on he was in retreat mode more or less. Haymon has a lot of fighters between 147 and 154 and Garcia is going to be a good opponent for some of those guys. He's tough with a good chin and aggressive style but slow and easy to hit. He'll make for entertaining fights but don't see him more as a gatekeeper than anything else. I can see Haymon matching Julian Williams with Roberto Garcia this summer on a PBC show.
OU, just watched it this morning, gotta say I was shocked as well, Jack is kinda hard for me to watch, but he fought a pretty good fight. I was expecting alot more Dirrell. Gotta agree with you on Stevenson, I think they mentioned during 1 of the early rounds he took the fight on short notice, i guess that was the reason for the catchweight as well. Very impressed with Jacobs last night especially going for the kill in the last round, he finished a rugged fighter in Garcia


-stormcentre :

Yep, bit of a surprise there. Agree Jack will probably want to stay away from George Groves power shots, of they fight. Still, he stayed away from Anthony's reasonably well. Not sure how much of this win is down to Anthony, either. Either that or Jack's last fight was an anomaly.


-stormcentre :

Yep, bit of a surprise there. Agree Jack will probably want to stay away from George Groves power shots, if they fight. Still, he stayed away from Anthony's reasonably well. Not sure how much of this win is down to Anthony, either. Either that or Jack's last fight was an anomaly. Bring on Quillin V Jacobs.


-oubobcat :

Yep, bit of a surprise there. Agree Jack will probably want to stay away from George Groves power shots, if they fight. Still, he stayed away from Anthony's reasonably well. Not sure how much of this win is down to Anthony, either. Either that or Jack's last fight was an anomaly. Bring on Quillin V Jacobs.
I tend to agree that Anthony Dirrell's performance had something to do with Jack winning. Personally, I don't think Dirrell took Jack seriously and thought the first time he clipped him he'd get Jack out of there. Dirrell saw the Edwards fight and thought if Dereck Edwards could starch Jack then certainly I could. We this a lot in this sport. One fighter thinks they will easily ko the other. But when it doesn't go as planned, they don't have a plan B and fight uncertain the remainder of the fight still clinging to the hope of landing one big shot. Jack worked while Dirrell looked to land the home run punch round after round. And thus, Jack ended up doing just enough to win a decision. I do think George Groves is much better than Anthony Dirrell and won't make the same mistakes that Dirrell made in this fight. I think Leonard Ellerbe and Haymon know this as well. My prediction is they look to avoid Groves if possible. Here is how that happens...Andre Dirrell fights next month against James DeGale. Its a tough fight on paper to call but Dirrell does have the advantage of fighting on US soil. If Dirrell wins, I look for Jack to vacate the belt he just won and fight Andre Dirrell for his newly won belt. Its a natural and Haymon is putting two of his guys in with each other (well Jack is with Mayweather Promotions but we all know they work closely with Haymon) where he is assured one wins. Quillin-Jacobs needs to happen now. No more "marinating" this fight. Both need a signature win badly. Its time, lets see it happen.


-Kid Blast :

Time for Quillin -Jacobs


-gibola :

Dirrell held excessively for 3 rounds, when the ref gave him a final warning the fight changed. If the ref didn't do that the quicker Dirrell pot-shots and holds and may well have retained his title. Credit to the ref for me. Wish they would do it more often but we should praise them when they do the right thing.


-stormcentre :

I tend to agree that Anthony Dirrell's performance had something to do with Jack winning.
Personally, I don't think Dirrell took Jack seriously and thought the first time he clipped him he'd get Jack out of there. Dirrell saw the Edwards fight and thought if Dereck Edwards could starch Jack then certainly I could. We this a lot in this sport. One fighter thinks they will easily ko the other. But when it doesn't go as planned, they don't have a plan B and fight uncertain the remainder of the fight still clinging to the hope of landing one big shot. Jack worked while Dirrell looked to land the home run punch round after round. And thus, Jack ended up doing just enough to win a decision. I do think George Groves is much better than Anthony Dirrell and won't make the same mistakes that Dirrell made in this fight. I think Leonard Ellerbe and Haymon know this as well. My prediction is they look to avoid Groves if possible. Here is how that happens...Andre Dirrell fights next month against James DeGale. Its a tough fight on paper to call but Dirrell does have the advantage of fighting on US soil. If Dirrell wins, I look for Jack to vacate the belt he just won and fight Andre Dirrell for his newly won belt. Its a natural and Haymon is putting two of his guys in with each other (well Jack is with Mayweather Promotions but we all know they work closely with Haymon) where he is assured one wins. Quillin-Jacobs needs to happen now. No more "marinating" this fight. Both need a signature win badly. Its time, lets see it happen.
Yep, that aligns with what I was thinking and observed; during the fight. The (Anthony) Dirrell that arrived for Bika (all unknowns aside) would have, I think, given Jack a lot more to think about.