Badou Jack made a successful first defense of his WBC super middleweight title tonight, and George Groves fell to 0-3 in world title fights tonight on the Mayweather-Berto undercard from Las Vegas. Jack won a split decision on scores of 115-112, 116-111, and 113-114.
Scott Christ of BLH and SB Nation scored the fight 116-111 for Jack, while BLH's Connor Ruebusch scored the fight 114-113 for Jack, who started fast with a first round knockdown of Groves, hurting the challenger pretty badly. From there, Jack had plenty of confidence, and despite a serious effort from Groves, Jack was able to control much of the fight, and caused Groves to fade a bit in the later rounds thanks to some consistent body work along the way.
"That's what I do, I go to the body. I like to break opponents down," Jack said. "I heard Chavez Jr wants to fight me, Bute, we've got a lot of big names. I can improve my head movement. I want to be better at everything. I try to learn every day."
Groves (21-3, 16 KO) walked out in disbelief of the scores, but all of them were quite reasonable, including the one that went his way. The fight was pretty even most of the way, but Jack just seemed to do that little bit more damage over the course of the fight, giving him the nod.
Jack (20-1-1, 12 KO) has made a great comeback from his stunning loss to Derek Edwards in February 2014, winning four fights in a row and becoming one of the top super middleweights in the sport. We'll see what comes next for him, but it could be something pretty notable, and like he said, he's got what a lot of big names want at 168: a world title.