Undefeated heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin Jr., escaped with a narrow split-decision victory over Jerry Forrest in the main event Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. (Photos by Dave Mandel).
Two of the judges scored the fight 97-93 for Franklin with the third judge seeing it 96-95 in favor of Forrest.
The 25-year-old Franklin (19-0, 13 KOs) of Saginaw, Mich., was the busier fighter on the night with 46.6 punches per round to Forrest's 38.2, and held the advantage in going to the body (40-5 in connects). Franklin also held a 94-76 advantage in power connects against the more relaxed Forrest, who was in better physical shape than his opponent.
All three ShoBox commentators had Forrest winning the fight. Hall of Fame boxing analysts Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood both had Forrest winning by a score of 97-93. Former two-time world champion and ShoBox commentator Raul Marquez had Forrest winning, 98-92