Former two-division titleholder Badou Jack took a tune-up fight technically at cruiserweight on the Tyson-Jones card, and dished out a beating to previously-unbeaten Blake McKernan en route to a clear, one-sided decision win.
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Jack (23-3-3, 13 KO) was clearly several levels above McKernan — and if you weren’t aware, commentary reminded you many times in eight rounds that there are levels to this — and dominated this fight from start to finish. But you have to give McKernan (13-1, 6 KO) a lot of respect for hanging in this fight, and for doing his very best, throwing shots back for the full eight rounds.
The 33-year-old McKernan, a native of Sacramento, had really only fought at a club level before this outing. He had a physical size advantage on the 37-year-old Jack, who is certainly no destructive puncher at this weight, but there was an obvious gulf between them in terms of skill and ability. Jack just has a lot more of it, he’s been a world class-level fighter for years.
McKernan took some hard, clean shots from Jack, but he gave some back, too. Not nearly as many and not nearly enough to make this actually competitive, but he was tough as hell and gave an honest effort the entire way.
Jamaine Ortiz TKO-7 Sulaiman Segawa
Really good fight to kick off the PPV, very spirited from both, and both of them can fight. This was a late bump to the PPV card but a good one.
Ortiz, 24, is a legitimate 130/135 prospect, has been on a bunch of CES cards in the Northeast, and he looked really sharp here. He did take some shots from Segawa (13-3-1, 4 KO), a 29-year-old Ugandan now based in Maryland, because Segawa always comes to fight. Had seen him before, too; he was competitive over 10 with Abraham Nova in 2018 and went to a draw this past January with Zhora Hamazaryan, he’s not a total pushover, real good prospect tester.
Ortiz (14-0, 8 KO) is someone power promoters might want to be looking at, if not to sign outright then maybe figure out a co-promotional deal with CES. He’s a legit prospect, has some skills, and while there are levels to go for him for sure, the gifts are there. Can he hold up against tougher foes? I think he’s someone where it’s worth finding out. Keep an eye on him.