The super middleweight division is not exactly one of the hottest divisions in boxing, but one of the few big fights that can be made at 168 is one step closer to being made. On April 30th on Showtime Championship Boxing, James DeGale and Badou Jack will both make separate title defenses on the same card promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
DeGale will take on Rogelio Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) and Badou Jack will face Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) who previously lost to DeGale by decision in his last fight. Neither of these fights is all that enticing, however, it is significant that DeGale and Jack are on the same card and are obligated to fight each other in their next fights should they both win.
James DeGale should be warranted a rather easy title defense after back to back tough fights. Medina is a powerful puncher and is most famous for knocking out J’leon Love a couple of years back. Yet, Medina has already been knocked out three times in his career including being stopped by Badou Jack in the sixth round in Jacks 17th career fight.
Badou Jack vs Lucian Bute could very well turn out to be a fun competitive firefight much like DeGale-Bute was. It is tough to imagine that Bute has much of anything still left in his tank after being in another battle in his last fight.
So basically, both DeGale and Jack are fighting each other’s leftover, but if that means us getting DeGale-Jack sometime in the fall on Showtime: then who cares? James DeGale and Badou Jack are in the small percentage of champs who have won and defended their belts against solid competition immediately.
Both fighters also coincidentally have one thing in common: they both won their belt against a Dirrell brother in close competitive fights. DeGale beat Andre by unanimous decision, dropping him twice in the process while Badou Jack defeated Anthony by majority decision. DeGale and Jack were the clear and correct winners, though and are each now one win away from facing off in a highly anticipated super middleweight unification fight.