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Jack, De Gale meet in unification match

James DeGale, the IBF super-middleweight champion, and Badou Jack, the WBC champion, meet in a unification match at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night.

The tournament will be shown live on SS6 from 4:30am to 8:30am on Sunday morning.

The southpaw DeGale (23-1; 14), the first British Olympic gold medallist to win a world title, joined the professional ranks in February 2009 after his success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and won his first ten fights before losing to George Groves on majority points decision in May 2011.

The 30-year-old DeGale went on to capture the European super-middleweight title before winning the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt against Andre Dirrell in May 2015 and then made successful defences against Lucien Bute and Rogelio Medina.

Jack, 33, with a record of 20-1-2; 12, won the WBC super-middleweight belt on a majority decision against Anthony Dirrel and made successful defences when he outpointed Groves and drew with Bute.

Jack also boxed at the Olympics representing Gambia but was eliminated in the first round.

DeGale will have the advantage in speed, whereas Jack does everything well but with no standout strengths.

Neither fighter is a big puncher but DeGale is the betting favourite in what could be a closely-fought contest.


On the undercard, Jose Pedraza of Puerto Rico makes a voluntary defence of his IBF super-featherweight belt against America’s Gervonte Davis.

The 22-year-old Davis (16-0; 15), a protégé of Floyd Mayweather who fights from the southpaw stance, was an outstanding amateur before making his pro debut in February 2013, but has not fought any standout fighter.

Pedraza, 27, who has a record of 22-0; 12, won the vacant belt with a points decision against Andrey Klimov, and has made successful defences against Edner Cherry and Stephen Smith.

The more experienced Pedraza should have enough to retain the belt.


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