Floyd Mayweather made an effort to sign James DeGale after Saturday’s fightFLOYD Mayweather urged British super-middleweight champion James DeGale to sign with his promotion in the aftermath of Saturday’s draw with Badou Jack.
DeGale had been fancied to snatch Jack’s WBC 168lb strap in front of a sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.However, he was met by a spirited opponent in Badou Jack who recovered from a slow start to match his British rival virtually punch-for-punch in the thrilling encounter.In the end a draw seemed a fair result, with one judge scoring the bout 114-112 in DeGale’s favour and two scores of 113-113 meaning both men retained their super-middleweight titles.DeGale showed silky footwork and bags of heart – recovering from having his teeth knocked out by a devastating uppercut – impressing legendary 49-0 former world champion Floyd Mayweather.
The Money Man was animated as he sat ringside egging Jack – signed to Mayweather Promotions – on during the pulsating encounter.After the fight, Pretty Boy Floyd even made a cheeky play to try and sign DeGale, whose deal with promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom had come to an end.“We would love to sign him [DeGale],” Floyd told reporters at the post-fight press conference.Judges scored the fight a majority draw, meaning both men retained their titles
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“We’re ready to take him to the next level and he’s still one of the best fighters out there.“I have a tour coming up over in the UK and I wanna hopefully hang out with JamesDeGale, he’s a cool guy.“He’s one of the younger guys that used to look up to me, he’s a former Olympic gold medallist – we wanna work with you.”Despite the 39-year-old’s gushing advances, Chunky is reportedly close to signing a further three-year-deal with Matchroom.