Gambian boxer Badou Jack has suffered his first career knockout defeat after sustaining a horrific cut to his head midway through his WBC Silver light heavyweight title fight against American Marcus Browne on Saturday.
Jack suffered a gruesome five-inch cut to his forehead after an accidental clash of heads in the seventh round of the fight. The former Olympian Browne told Gray the head butt did not affect the outcome of the fight.
Badou Jack needed 25 stitches in his forehead after suffering what many are describing as the worst cut ever in a boxing ring.
The ring and referee Tony Weeks were left covered in blood — yet amazingly Jack was able to complete the fight while leaking claret all over the place for the best part of six rounds.
The one-time Gambian Olympian and former two-division champion Jack was taken immediately to the hospital for observation. Jack, who was fighting in his seventh consecutive world title fight, gave all the credit to Browne.
Browne was the more active fighter, throwing 515 total punches to 303 for Jack. Browne connected on 103 of his power punches compared to just 58 for Jack.
“I would like to thank all of the fans for your support! The cut was a nasty one, but I’m fine now, Al-Hamdulillah. Congrats to Marcus Browne who fought a great fight,” Jack stated.
“Regardless of the cut he was the better man tonight. I am a warrior and will never quit, but didn’t realise the severity of the gash.”
“I dedicated this fight to the refugee children across the world who fight a much tougher fight than I did tonight. I will continue to fight for them until the end.”