A stipulated WBC mandatory eliminator between Briton James DeGale and US-based Badou Jack is now off as the latter was knocked out in the first round by Derek Edwards at the Turning Stone in New York on Friday night.
Jack, 30, lost his undefeated record in shocking fashion as Edwards dropped the Swedish-born Mayweather prospect twice en route to a stoppage in just 61 seconds. The result leaves Olympic gold medallist DeGale out on his own as mandatory challenger to the current WBC super-middleweight title holder Sakio Bika.
DeGale tweeted his thoughts in the aftermath of hearing the result and is set to update fans on any developments with the World Boxing Council provided he comes through Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian in the latest defence of his silver belt in Bristol tonight.
Top of the bill in Verona, Jack’s TMT stablemate J’Leon Love extended his perfect record to 17-0 against Vladine Biosse with a tenth knockout of his career in the final round of their ten-round middleweight contest.
Christopher Pearson, Luis Arias, Ronald Gavril and John Franklin also registered victories on the ShoBox-televised event as pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather watched on from ringside.
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