Badou Jack whips Blake McKernan for eight rounds
On the undercard of the Tyson v Jones pay-per-view, Badou “The Ripper” Jack (23-3-3. 13 KO’s) defeated Blake “The Beast” McKernan (13-1, 6 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision. It was a must-win for the former WBC Super Middleweight champion, whose last win came in 2017. Jack entered the bout coming off back-to-back losses. Ideally, the Ripper will remain busy and stick with his winning ways.
From the very start of the fight, it was evident that this would be a one-sided affair. The much more-experienced Jack took the fight straight to McKernan, who clearly was not able to sufficiently defend himself. The Ripper attacked the head and body with equal gusto and effectiveness. Outside of back peddling and covering up. the Beast had no backup plan or any other plan of attack.
As the bout wore on, it actually turned into a body-punching clinic as Jack concentrated and pounding on McKernan’s ribs. In particular, the Ripper was connecting with an obscene amount of left hooks to the body. To his credit, the Beast would land a solid punch here and there. Unfortunately, none of his offense stunned, hurt or gave Badou Jack any pause whatsoever.
In the fifth round, it seemed as if Badou Jack was going to get McKernan out of there. The former champion was killing his body and the Beast looked to be in severe discomfort. Despite appearances, McKernan survived the round only to continue to take the one-sided beating that Jack was tossing him. Ultimately, the fight would go the distance. Unsurprisingly, when the scorecards were read, Jack won by unanimous decision.
Now that the Ripper is back in the win column, it will be interesting to so who he pens a fight with next.
By: Bakari Simpson