2 Title Bouts Saturday on Showtime, Title Unification To Come?

2 Title Bouts Saturday – The Premier Boxing Champions has quite a weekend lined up with Friday’s Trump Taj Mahal event airing on Spike TV followed by a pair of events on Saturday that are being broadcast by FOX and Showtime.

The Saturday, April 30th show at the D.C. Armory features a pair of world title fights in the 168 pound super middleweight division. In the press conference to announce the event the PBC stated that the winners would be matched up later this year in a “unification” bout. The Showtime broadcast starts at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Check out The Boxing Channel’s video from the press conference right here.

Britain’s IBF World titlist James DeGale (22-1) faces Rogelio Medina (36-6) in the first of the two 168 pound headline bouts. DeGale won the IBF title last May when he outboxed veteran Andre Dirrell to take the belt on hostile territory in Massachusetts. He followed up that win with a good showing in Canada against Lucien Bute in November and this fight with Medina will be his second title defense. In Medina, he gets a 27-year-old Mexican with loads of experience. Medina is coming off a 3-0 campaign in 2015, and he has 30 knockout wins. DeGale, a former Olympic gold medalist for England, is entering the fight a heavy favorite.

The main event sees WBC champion Badou Jack (20-1-1) making the second defense of his title as he faces former long-time champion Lucien Bute. Bute is 32-3 overall and at 36 years old he is coming off a solid showing in a losing effort to DeGale. Jack is favored in the fight, but Bute is definitely a live underdog.

The savory outcome here for Showtime would be for DeGale and Jack to win their fights and advance to meet later this year. As good a fight as it was, DeGale vs Bute 2 does not have the appeal of Jack vs DeGale and no one really is clamoring to see Jack vs Medina 2 either.

The live event at the Armory is promoted by Leonard Ellerbe and Mayweather Promotions and the show features nine fights in all. The undercard counts on a wide range of talent from the Mayweather stable, with particular notice going to 2-0 female middleweight Latondria Jones, one of of the few women on “The Money Team”. Jones faces debutante Kamika Slade in a 4×2 round match.

Check out The Boxing Channel video “Jack and Bute Duel To A Draw – Complete D.C. Armory Results”.

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-brownsugar :

Man I love boxing. Especially when it airs on regular TV. I don't know, it just feels like I'm doing something I'm not supposed to. Like being naughty or something. I wonder if Jack can maintain his current level of improvement? After the KO I thought he was finished. But he came back better. Jack should be very wary of Bute, Bute has a lethal liver punch and his uppercut is just a fatal. If he catches his opponents sleeping, it's lights out. So Mayweather has female boxers too? Don't tell Bernie Campbell about this.


-King Beef :

B-Sug, it should be a decent couple of fights, and $200 hundred for seats on the floor, I am looking forward to it!! I am enjoying this little boxing surge in DC, hopefully they can keep it up.


-brownsugar :

B-Sug, it should be a decent couple of fights, and $200 hundred for seats on the floor, I am looking forward to it!! I am enjoying this little boxing surge in DC, hopefully they can keep it up.
Sounds like it's be hard to pass up at those prices, and from the sound of past PBC fights, it sounds like they've been serving free complementary drinks. I envy King Beef, if you attend please provide your impressions from ringside.


-King Beef :

Sounds like it's be hard to pass up at those prices, and from the sound of past PBC fights, it sounds like they've been serving free complementary drinks. I envy King Beef, if you attend please provide your impressions from ringside.
I definitely will, and those are good prices, I just hope they don't price people out of coming out. Looks like they are trying to feel out the price point. For the Broner fight, the floor was majority $100, this go round it's up to majority $200, granted you have arguably lesser household names, but better fights..so we will see where they settle in at. B-Sug, for the Broner fight, there was a good mix of hardcore and casual boxing fans, and people that came just because Mayweather was there. The excitement was good though, and a nice little buzz in the city.


-brownsugar :

I definitely will, and those are good prices, I just hope they don't price people out of coming out. Looks like they are trying to feel out the price point. For the Broner fight, the floor was majority $100, this go round it's up to majority $200, granted you have arguably lesser household names, but better fights..so we will see where they settle in at. B-Sug, for the Broner fight, there was a good mix of hardcore and casual boxing fans, and people that came just because Mayweather was there. The excitement was good though, and a nice little buzz in the city.
I swear I thought you some real cool dude from London England who had probably visited the U.S. a few times, had no idea you were from the CAPITOL City ....lol... Yep Jack has shown good improvement, But Bute has been known to be a master of the liver shot. Enjoy the show and drop some words if you have time.


-King Beef :

I swear I thought you some real cool dude from London England who had probably visited the U.S. a few times, had no idea you were from the CAPITOL City ....lol... Yep Jack has shown good improvement, But Bute has been known to be a master of the liver shot. Enjoy the show and drop some words if you have time.
LOL, lived in a few places, but actually settled in right up the way in Maryland.


-Bernie Campbell :

Degale, Bute, and Jack. English boxing rules. Makes you want to get an overseas pipeline to some Steve Bunce commentary in the UK. As for Floyd's private gig on having domestics and cooks and calling them boxers, you guys gotta let up on that radio static. Yes too smart for that dead end.