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Swedish boxer Badou Jack misses title after fight to a draw

Badou Jack knocked out a tooth and almost knocked out the referee but he couldn't convince the judges Saturday that he did enough against James DeGale to become the unified super-middleweight champ.

Swedish boxer Badou Jack misses title after fight to a draw
Badou Jack punches James DeGale on Saturday. Photo: Al Bello/ Getty Images North America/AFP
Both Jack and opponent James DeGale suffered knockdowns in the action-packed title fight which ended in a draw after two judges scored it 113-113 and the other had it 114-112 in favour of DeGale, meaning neither will become unified super-middleweight champ.
 
The fighters retained their belts and each complained afterwards that they had won the fight at the Barclays Center arena.
   
World Boxing Council champion Jack was knocked down in the opening round when he got hit by a left hand. It was the third time he had been knocked down in his career, but he gained a measure of revenge by knocking out one of DeGale's teeth in the 10th round.
 
DeGale barely survived the final round when he was knocked down by a right uppercut on the chin. He managed to get up but threw very few punches during the rest of the 12th round.
   
“I thought I won the fight,” said Sweden's Jack inside the ring immediately following the fight. “I finished stronger. His knockdown was a flash knockdown.”
   
International Boxing Federation champ DeGale was standing next to Jack and had heard enough.
   
“Don't listen to this rubbish. I threw the cleanest shots,” said DeGale, who is the first Briton to win both Olympic gold and a professional world title.
   
“I got huge respect for this man. He is tough, he's durable, he's skillful. You are the man. I won that fight.”
   
DeGale said he felt those punches from Jack in the 12th. He managed to gather his senses and buy some time by getting into a clinch.
 
 “I was kind of hurt. I am willing to do it again,” DeGale said.
 
 One of the strangest moments in a brutal, but thrilling, fight took place at the end the fifth round, when Jack accidentally punched Arthur Mercanti Jr., sending the referee staggering across the ring. Mercanti shook it off, took a couple of sips of water, and returned to action for the sixth round.
   
Jack's promoter Floyd Mayweather also complained about the scoring.
   
“This is the second time in a row Badou has gotten a bad decision,” Mayweather said. “James DeGale is a hell of a fighter, but tonight he didn't win. At the end of the day, I don't know what the judges are looking at. This is bad for boxing.”
   
Mayweather may win out in the end as the two will probably have to set up a rematch to determine who is the best 168-pound fighter in the world.
   
On the undercard, Gervonta Davis knocked out Jose Pedraza in the seventh round to capture the IBF junior lightweight title.
   
The 22-year-old Davis won his 17th straight fight with no losses with a dominating performance against the Puerto Rican, who was making the third defence of his title.
 

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Nanna Skov Høpfner celebrates after having her sentence reduced from two years to 60 days. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s parties agree to phase out face masks from Monday

Denmark’s government has struck a deal with all but one of the parliament’s parties to phase out the use of face masks, with the requirement to wear a face mask from Monday removed for all areas apart from when standing in public transport. The requirement to wear a face mask will be removed completely on September 1st. 

The coronavirus pass or coronapas will also begin to be phased out on Monday, when those visiting public libraries and participating in activities run by clubs and voluntary organisations will no longer need to show a pass. 

From August 1st, the coronapas will no longer be needed in theaters, concert venues, indoor sports activities, and a wide range of other venues, and from September 1st, you will no longer need to show one in restaurants, the hairdresser or the gym, and on October 1st the pass will be phased out completely. 

“It is a marked opening of Danish society,” Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister said when the agreement was announced just before 4am on Thursday morning. 

The agreement also extends how long a negative PCR test provides a valid coronavirus pass or coronapas to 96 hours. 

Two Viking relatives reunited in Denmark after 1,000 years

Separated for 1,000 years, two Viking warriors from the same family were reunited on Wednesday at Denmark’s National
Museum, as DNA analysis helps shed light on the Vikings’ movements across Europe.

One of the Vikings died in England in his 20s in the 11th century, from injuries to the head. He was buried in a mass grave in Oxford.

The other died in Denmark in his 50s, his skeleton bearing traces of blows that suggest he took part in battles.

DNA mapping of skeletons from the Viking era — from the eighth to the 12th century — enabled archaeologists to determine by chance that the two were related. 

Woman from Men In Black demo has sentence cut from two years to 60 days

Nanna Skov Høpfner, who was sentenced to two years in prison for a speech when she called for anti-lockdown protestors to “smash the city in a non-violent way”, has had her sentence cut to 60 days by Denmark’s Eastern High Court. 

Nanna Skov Høpfner was the first to be convicted in the district court under the special corona clause 81d, which applies double punishments for any offence which “has a background in or connection with the covid-19 epidemic in Denmark”. 

The High Court said that the clause should not apply to offences committed at a demo. 

Number of coronavirus patients in Denmark falls by two

The number of patients being treated in Danish hospitals for coronavirus has fallen by 2 to 122, while 904 new coronavirus infections were registered in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Wednesday, Denmark’s infectious diseases agency Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has reported. 

According to the institute, a technical error meant that the number of new infections was based on more tests than usual, making the number of new infections is an overestimate. 

According to Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s health minister, the current reproduction number in Denmark is 0.8, indicating a falling level of infection with each ten infected people only going on to infect eight others. 

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