Badou Jack put on a career-best performance and brought the dogfight to "The Dog" tonight, scoring a majority decision win over Anthony Dirrell to win the WBC super middleweight title in the main event of PBC on Spike.
Jack (19-1-1, 12 KO) won on scores of 114-114, 115-113, and 116-112. BLH had it 116-112 for Jack, with the Swedish-Gambian fighter sweeping the final six rounds of the fight thanks to a steady performance on the inside that saw him frustrate and bang up Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KO), who just couldn't reverse the momentum that Jack built up.
It's a mild upset win for Jack, who just 14 months ago was stunned on ShoBox by Derek Edwards in a TKO-1 loss. That night, it looked like Jack wasn't going to live up to the hype. Tonight, he was faced with a make-or-break fight and a chance to win a world title, and he made good on it, outfighting Dirrell in the second half of the bout and simply looking better than he ever has in his career before tonight.
For Dirrell, this is obviously a pretty big setback, but at 30 and with Al Haymon, he's going to get more opportunities. For Jack, this has to be an incredibly satisfying win, as he proves to the doubters (who had perfectly valid points and some evidence in their favor) that he can hang in the upper ranks of this division and beat good fighters.