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    James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set – Showtime Jan 14

    [img]http://www.thesweetscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/jackdegale.jpg[/img] James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set - The long awaited super middleweight title unification bout between IBF world titlist James DeGale and WBC champion Badou Jack has finally been made official. The match has been in the works since at least the beginning of the year, as both Jack and DeGale headlined Showtime’s April 30th card at the D.C. Armory.

    Badou Jack faced Canada’s Lucian Bute in April and fought to a draw, while DeGale won a comfortable unanimous decision to over Rogelio Medina. In the build-up to that fight, their was a great deal of talk about matching up the two winners for the September timeframe. Bute’s gutty performance in a draw lost some of it’s luster when he tested positive for PEDs in the aftermath of the fight. Though the draw may have taken a beat of the "bling" off of the follow-up match between Jack and DeGale, Showtime still had to beltholders in a unification bout lined up. Whatever the hold-up was that prevented the match from being delivered in the original timeframe was, the new January date leaves both fighters with exactly one fight in calendar year of 2016, and that is really unacceptable if boxing is gong to be looked at as a sport.

    Leonard Ellerbe and Mayweather Promotions were the promoter of record for the April 30th twinbill that featured DeGale and Jack. It will be interesting to see if thehigh powered duo of Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather Jr are the promoters

     
    James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set
    DeGale is 30 years old with an overall record of 23-1, and he has hled the IBF title since May of 2015 when he defeated Andre Dirrell to win the vacant belt. DeGale was an Olympic Gold Medalist representing his home country of England back in 2008, and the lone loss of his pro career came back in May of 2011, by a narrow majority decision to popular George Groves. Since winning the title he has defended the belt twice, fighting Lucien Bute in hostile territory (Canada) and Medina in the United States.

    As for Jack, the Swedish born 32 year old won his IBF belt back in April of 2015 when he defeated Anthony Dirrell, and he has made two defenses of his belt, scoring te draw with Bute and bnetting a win over common opponent George Groves. Jack re-located to Las Vegas early in his career and he is a*part of Floyd Mayweather’s "The Money Team." The lone setback he experienced was back in February of 2014 when he was knocked out by veteran Derek Edwards.

    No venue has been announced yet, and Showtime has not updated their website fight calendar as of this writing.

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    Re: James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set – Showtime Jan 14

    Sorry Jack, but James gonna knock you out!



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    Re: James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set – Showtime Jan 14

    its going to be a hell of a fight

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    Re: James DeGale vs Badou Jack Finally Set – Showtime Jan 14

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Kevin View Post
    its going to be a hell of a fight
    I don't know if I want it to go the full distance or do I want to see it end in a flash.

    Gonna make for a fun start to the year.

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