Tonight Britain’s Super-middleweight IBF world champion ‘Chunky’ James DeGale will fight challenger Rogelio Medina in Washington D.C. The fight, which is a Super-middleweight world title double-header, will be DeGale’s last before returning to the UK to hopefully unify the division against the winner of the other fight taking place, Badou Jack v Lucian Bute.
‘Chunky’ has been in the US for the vast majority of the last 11 months since beating Andre Dirrell in May last year and has been enjoying life as world champion, winning his only fight since then comfortably against Lucian Bute. Tonight DeGale steps into the ring against Mexican Medina, weighing in at 167.6lbs and 167.8lbs respectively. Medina has an uninspiring 36-6 professional record and I expect DeGale to be able to finish the job early on and set up a unification fight back here in the UK against the WBC title holder.
DeGale was originally going to take on Jose Uzcategui however he withdrew due to illness and that gave IBF No.3 rated Medina the opportunity to take his place. Medina comes into the fight having won his last 4 bouts all inside the first 3 rounds in preparation for his chance at a world title but DeGale seems levels ahead of his opponent. ‘Porky’ has lost 6 fights, one of which was against Uzcategui by unanimous decision and another was against WBC champion Badou Jack who knocked Medina out back in 2013. Medina has said that he is confident going into the fight and has been training to put pressure on the Brit, but this should be of no threat to DeGale as we saw he can deal very well with pressure, especially in the world title fight against Dirrell.
Arsenal fan DeGale goes into the fight in good form after beating Lucian Bute comfortably back in November and is aiming to unify the division if he beats Medina tonight. ‘Chunky’ is confident of a victory and spoke to the IBTimes saying:
“Fight time is here, I’m feeling good, feeling fresh. I’ve trained extremely hard. Porky Medina is a good fighter in his own right, a very good fighter, but there are levels to professional boxing and I feel as though I am levels above him.” – James DeGale
I certainly expect DeGale to get the job done tonight and hopefully get the chance to unify the division in a UK homecoming. I’m sure he’ll be keeping an eye on the Jack v Bute fight that follows his in Washington and might even be wanting Jack to retain his title as the Hammersmith man has already beaten Bute comfortably. I think his power and speed should make this comfortable for him so my prediction is DeGale wins by KO in the third. Watching the fight? Leave a comment and let me know what your prediction is!