Jermaine Franklin admits he’s still a work in progress after close call with Jerry Forrest
The internet had a mini-conniption Friday night, or, at least, a good portion of boxing Twitter did.
“They” thought that Jerry Forrest deserved the nod over Jermaine Franklin in Tacoma on ShoBox. Instead, Franklin won a split decision, with two judges scoring it 97-93 for Franklin and the third having it 96-95 for Forrest.
Now, no surprise, Franklin’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, told me he thought his kid, from Michigan, was in a close fight and deserved the W.
I reached out to the heavyweight Franklin on Sunday, giving him a chance to ponder.
What grade did he give himself for Friday on the Salita show co-promoted with Brian Halquist?
“I give myself a C+/B-. I won won the fight 7-3 or even 6-4,” the 25-year-old, who went to 19-0 (13 knockouts) told me.
So, you thought you won … or can you see how Forrest deserved it?
“Forrest didn’t win. I landed more power punches and body punches. I kept my hands active throughout the fight. I see how people can make a case for him if they watch a fight based on what announcers are telling them what to see. He didn’t win the fight.”
Smartly, the fighter realizes that he is still that work in progress …
“I have some work to do. I have to focus more on staying inside the game plan I work on in camp. I have to be more patience. I’m 25 years old and I have a lot to learn but I’m ready to take that next step. I have to mentally prepare for it now.”
As for Forrest (25-3, 19 KOs), he didn’t seem crushed. Check out his post-fight post:
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Yooooooo great night last night for heavyweights I showed out. All praise be to the most high. When all the top promotional companies are calling your manager before your even out of the ring you know you won the fight. I'm so blessed and in such a good place. I'm healthy I'm blessed my kids got to see me show out and really that's all that matters to me. Trust me last night opened some doors for me and my family. #teamforrest #showbox @directed_x_chipstackin for this history pic
Strange game, this boxing. Sometimes, you CAN win for losing.