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PBC on Spike - Dirrell vs Jack: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

Anthony Dirrell faces Badou Jack, and Daniel Jacobs takes on Caleb Truax in Chicago on Spike.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tonight at 9 pm EST on Spike, PBC is back with another doubleheader, featuring a super middleweight title fight and a notable middleweight matchup, as well. BLH will be here with live round by round coverage and commentary.

In the main event, Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KO) makes the first defense of his WBC super middleweight title against Badou Jack (18-1-1, 12 KO), a former prospect who is now at a make-or-break stage after some recent struggles. Dirrell last fought in August, beating Sakio Bika in a rematch to lift the WBC belt. He and Bika had fought to a draw in December 2013. Jack has won two straight fights after a stunning TKO-1 loss to Derek Edwards in February 2014.

Daniel Jacobs (28-1, 25 KO) will be in action in the co-feature, facing Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KO) in a 12-round middleweight bout for Jacobs WBA "world" title, a second-tier version of the title held by Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs has gone 6-0 since his 2012 comeback after beating cancer, with all of those wins coming by stoppage.

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RESULTS

Badou Jack defeats Anthony Dirrell by majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 115-113)

Daniel Jacobs defeats Caleb Truax via TKO (2:12 of round 12)

Roberto Garcia defeats James Stevenson by unanimous decision (77-74, 78-73, 78-73)

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ROUND BY ROUND

Anthony Dirrell vs Badou Jack (Super Middleweights)

Round 1: Dirrell and Jack have no interest in touching gloves, ref forces them. Then they start with a minute of cautious waiting. Dirrell takes the first shot but misses a lead right. Right to the body from Jack, a touching blow. Jab to the body from Jack, another touching blow. Dirrell with a right hand, then one that lands on the elbow. Feet get tied up and Jack trips a bit, but Dirrell's shot there missed. Dirrell shoots another lead right, misses. Not a lot landing on either side. Body shot from Dirrell. Little counter right potshot from Jack upstairs. Body shot from Dirrell again. Dirrell 10-9

Round 2: Dirrell looking more aggressive to start round two, and he's winging some big right hands that are backing Jack down. Jack leads with his own right that sneaks in, but not a big shot. THERE'S a hard lead right from Jack, really good shot that caught Dirrell looking lower for a jab to the body. Jack is now backing Dirrell up a little bit, but Dirrell could be trying to bait him, too, because when he sees a chance he's still throwing with intent. Jack with another little right hand lead, and I think he takes this round. Jack 10-9, 19-19

Round 3: Dirrell flicking his jab out to start the third. Jack still shooting that jab to the body, which set up the right last round. Both guys now standing their ground at mid-ring. Jab from Dirrell lands. Right to the body from Dirrell gets in. Jab from Jack. Jab to the body from Jack. Jab-right combo again from Jack, the jab downstairs, the right upstairs. Dirrell trying to knock down Jack's left hand with shots upstairs. Jack backing Dirrell down again late in the round, jabbing and shooting that right hand. Sort of a cautious round from both, but at least they threw, too. Jack 10-9, 29-28

Round 4: Dirrell goes southpaw early in this round, and he's looking to set up a straight left from there, but he switches back orthodox in about 20 seconds. This isn't Jack dominating or anything, but as good as I've seen him look. He's comfortable and seems to be well-prepared for Dirrell. But Dirrell is throwing, and Jack is doing a bit more waiting this round. Dirrell 10-9, 38-38

Round 5: Dirrell pressing again to start round five, and throwing power shots while Jack again is content to wait on openings. Not landing much clean, but throwing and Jack isn't. Both throwing their hands late in the round, and Dirrell seems to be getting the better of it again. I liked the Dog again in this one. Dirrell 10-9, 48-47

Round 6: Fight appears to be settling into a not-so-hot pace and a pretty familiar rhythm. Both look to steal the round with shots in the final ten seconds, and Jack gets in a good right before the bell. Dirrell 10-9, 58-56

Round 7: Jack picking up his pace a little in the first minute and a half of this round, which he really needed to do. Dirrell was getting too comfortable and Jack wasn't making him work, while at the same time letting Dirrell sort of steal rounds. Body shot from Jack lands with Dirrell reaching for a right hand. Dirrell switches southpaw again and waits on the ropes. Body shot from Jack with the right hand, and Dirrell switches back. Dirrell with a body shot. Right hand a left from Jack, and he gets a round back. Jack 10-9, Dirrell 67-66

Round 8: Dirrell trips and falls to the canvas, Jack actually offers to help him up as it was definitely just the feet tangled up. Jack getting busy on the inside, throwing to the body. Both guys landing on the arms a lot. Jack with a left hook clean, and then a right hand clean, then back to the body. Jack really asserting himself inside now. Dirrell looking just a little frustrated with that inside work. Dirrell with a body shot, and then he lands a good shot upstairs, and Jack fires back to push him back into the corner. Really leaning on Dirrell on the ropes. And that helps Dirrell, really, because now he's forced to throw and he's landing. But Jack digs to the body. Where did this inside warrior Badou Jack come from? Jack 10-9, 76-76

Round 9: Dirrell has a small cut on his upper cheekbone, under the left eye. Both swelling up just a bit. Hasn't been an easy fight for either guy. Not exactly a war so far, but tough stuff. Both guys throwing their hands this round, Jack lands a straight right and Dirrell ties him up. Body shots from Jack. Right-left to the body from Dirrell. Jack wings a wild right hand over the top, missing by a mile. Dirrell backing to the ropes again, Jack lands a pair of shots and Dirrell fights off the ropes. Jack landing, Dirrell landing. Turning into a real dogfight on the inside the last two rounds. 30 seconds left in the round and Jack continues to work inside, with Dirrell providing some return fire. Uppercuts and two straight rights from Jack. Dirrell's having a lot of trouble with Jack inside, which is surprising. Jack 10-9, 86-85

Round 10: The body language totally favors Badou Jack right now. He looks confident and Dirrell looks a little bewildered. But Dirrell always looks kinda bewildered. So judging his eyes is really a fool's errand. Jack feints the hell out of Dirrell and lands a hard right hand. Jack firing away with Dirrell in the corner and once again, he is taking the round by the throat. You have to be impressed with Badou Jack's performance tonight. This is absolutely the best he's ever fought. Jack 10-9, 96-94

Round 11: Jack continues to push the pace, pushing Dirrell around the ring. Having never been impressed by Jack before, this is really a surprise performance in my view. This is a different fighter than he's been before. He's very confident, very strong, and seems to be putting it together. Always had skills, never seemed to have the execution or the top-level drive. Tonight he has all of it. And he's continuing to bang away, while Dirrell just can't stop the momentum. Dirrell tries to steal the round, but nah. Jack 10-9, 106-103

Round 12: Jack's corner believes they've got it, but they warn him not to get careless. Long right from Dirrell grazes Jack's jaw. Jack still the guy going forward, jabbing and looking to the body, too. Tied up with a minute left, and Dirrell comes out of that with another grazing long right to the side of the head. But Jack back to moving forward, jabbing, and seemingly controlling the action. Dirrell with a right hand in close. Stealable round in the final 30 seconds. HARD right from Badou Jack lands on Dirrell's chin. And another right hand gets in. 10 seconds left, and Jack leans in on him and throws, while allowing Dirrell to do nothing. Badou Jack should have this fight and the belt. Jack 10-9, 116-112

Daniel Jacobs vs Caleb Truax (Middleweights)

Round 1: Jacobs with a jab, then another. Sticking those in. Really slow first round with both feeling the other man out. Jacobs' jab was better than Truax's jab. Jacobs 10-9

Round 2: Jacobs looks to work in an uppercut inside, doesn't land. He's still sticking out that jab range. Jacobs throws a right from outside, followed with a left hook, neither land. Another very slow round with neither landing anything of real significance. Right hand from Jacobs. Truax misses a right. Bell sounds, Jacobs grinds out another round. Jacobs 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: (complains to self about not appreciating boxing while brain tells self that this is terrible) Jacobs still doing more, nice uppercut did land and there was a solid right hand. Mostly this is a jab standoff, and Jacobs is winning that, too. Jacobs 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: God. This is boring. Jacobs 10-9, 40-36

Round 5: There's a moment of action which is like Gatti-Ward for this fight. Jacobs lands a couple decent shots, then turns southpaw, gets hit, and goes back. I'm not distracted or anything. There is just zero action in this fight. This is dreadfully dull. Jacobs 10-9, 50-45

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Round 6: Slightly more action in this round. Still not what one would really call "action." HEY! Jacobs hurts Truax late in the round, but too late to capitalize for now. Jacobs 10-9, 60-54

Round 7: Jacobs comes out southpaw in round seven, his first seventh round since his return in 2012. He quickly abandons that and goes orthodox again. He's pressing a bit more now, looking more aggressively for openings. Right, jab, right, left hook, and Jacobs is smelling blood. Truax's nose is bloodied. COINCIDENCE? He's fully in control at this point. Truax either can't or won't do anything with Jacobs. Jacobs 10-9, 70-63

Round 8: Truax is still struggling to get anything done in this fight, and Jacobs is just on cruise control at this point, switching stances when he feels like it. Here's what the story of this fight is: Truax isn't giving Jacobs anything, and Jacobs isn't taking much. Jacobs 10-9, 80-72

Round 9: This is a really unimpressive performance by Jacobs. Truax is clearly outclassed, and Jacobs is content to pick and peck his way to victory. You want a true top fighter to close the show in this situation. He can hurt Truax. He's busted him up with relatively minimal effort. But he's not going for it at all. Jacobs 10-9, 90-81

Round 10: Moderate action in this round gets a rise from the commentary team. Who can blame them? They're as starved as anyone. Jacobs gets to Truax first, and Truax comes back a little, with Jacobs responding in kind. Best round of the fight. Jacobs 10-9, 100-90

Round 11: More of the same. Truax isn't good enough to beat Jacobs, which we figured going in, knew by the fifth round, and have been reminded of ever since. Jacobs 10-9, 110-99

Round 12: Truax gets wobbled halfway into the round, with the ropes keeping him up, and the referee gets in there and calls a knockdown, which you normally don't see but was the right call. After that, Jacobs goes for the finish. He's battering Truax in the corner. Referee looking to jump in, and he does. Daniel Jacobs TKO-12

Roberto Garcia vs James Stevenson (Junior Middleweights)

Round 1: Stevenson with a good left uppercut inside as Garcia starts by moving forward. Then a right uppercut, and Garcia is down! Stevenson with a lot of confidence now, obviously, sticking that jab out and looking for another opening. Garcia ties him up with a headlock as they get close again. Garcia to the body, not much on the shots. He's struggling to cut the ring off here, with Stevenson moving nicely. Garcia back to the body, still not a lot on the punches. Garcia blocks a right and a hook in counter. Stevenson to the body, then a jab to the body. Garcia misses a right upstairs. Stevenson 10-8

Round 2: Stevenson continuing to jab as Garcia is seemingly working a style that he's just not very good at. But Garcia is wisely targeting the body, and he's finding a little more success early in the second round. Stevenson calm, though, and happy to tie up, too. Garcia getting a little chippy, drawing the ire of the referee. Right to the temple from Garcia. His punches seem a little slow. Body shot from Stevenson. Stevenson still moving and slipping punches pretty well as the round closes. Garcia looks stuck in mud right now. Garcia has an argument, but I liked Stevenson landing the cleaner punches, not that either did a ton. Stevenson 10-9, 20-17

Round 3: Garcia, to his credit, is continuing the aggression. He needs it, this is an eight round fight and he went down two points after a round. Stevenson starting to complain a lot about Garcia's tactics, referee not thrilled with it. Right to the body from Stevenson. Jab from Garcia. Stevenson with a long right that grazes, then a shot to the body. Garcia's punches still appear to have no zip on them. Stevenson with another clean shot. I've got him up 3-0 and Garcia needs to rally. Stevenson 10-9, 30-26

Round 4: Garcia staying aggressive as he comes out, but gets clipped with a right hand. Stevenson looking to assert his counter punching more early, it would appear. CompuBox had Garcia wide in round three, so maybe I missed something he did well there. Now I'm qualified to be a pro judge. Garcia continues aggressive, but I'm not seeing much effective aggression, or even what I'd call pressure. It's just a guy going forward. That said, I did shade to him this round because I had no real opinion on it. Maybe that's a makeup round. I'm a real pro now. Garcia 10-9, Stevenson 39-36

Round 5: Garcia is starting to land his right hand upstairs a little more. Stevenson in counter but landing nothing clean anymore. Garcia blocking everything. Stevenson lands a couple good shots late in the round. You wouldn't call this "the sweet science." I'm still stewing over my potential round three foul-up. I'm in my own head now. I'm trying to get it right instead of going with my gut. Garcia 10-9, Stevenson 48-46

Round 6: Basically, I'm now trying to decipher if two clean punches a round is better than three minutes of ineffective aggression. I'm now using this fight as an experiment for myself, because I'm an egomaniac. I'll go Garcia. I'm winging it now. I'll have a Snickers and pull myself together for the next fight. Garcia 10-9, Stevenson 57-56

Round 7: Stevenson is gassed out pretty bad. Still fighting a little, but avoiding Garcia has taken a toll on him. And the punches, I'm sure. Stevenson almost spitting his mouthpiece out before he collects himself and shoves it back in. I'm going Garcia again here. He looks the better conditioned and his aggression is now really taking it home, I think. I THINK! Garcia 10-9, 66-66

Round 8: I think I was wrong about Garcia early. He wasn't sluggish. He's kept the same pace through the eight rounds. He's just slow. Stevenson, now, he's sluggish the last few rounds. And Garcia's winning this fight on activity, probably wider than I'm going to have it. Garcia 10-9, 76-75

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