Well that didn’t quite go as many people thought it would! DeGale retains his IBF world Super-middleweight title by unanimous decision despite a spirited performance from challenger Medina.
It was a strange performance from DeGale. He went into the fight confident of a knockout and the vast majority of people thought that was exactly what was going to happen, however it surprisingly went the full 12 rounds. ‘Chunky’ started the fight fast and looked to be searching for the early stoppage against big puncher Medina but the Mexican managed to take quite a few heavy shots well and remained on his feet.
‘Porky’, who was competing for his first world title, definitely had his moments as he caught DeGale on a couple of occasions looking for the big punch that would knock the Brit down. This never happened though, it seemed that every time Medina would go on the attack and put some good combinations together DeGale would soak up his shots and go on the attack himself with his class shinning through. I Predicted a 3rd round knock out by DeGale and there were some moments where it looked like he would push Medina back and get the stoppage, but he seemed to just slow down and step back when these chances opened up for him.
The Brit comfortably won the first half of the fight but just like in his last 2 fights against Bute and Dirrell, he looked to go down a gear in some rounds and Medina, to everyone’s surprise, managed to come back into the fight and close the gap. American broadcasters had the scores almost level going into the final round with British pundits having DeGale miles ahead due to his clear boxing ability being levels above ‘Porky’s’. DeGale came out in the final round and controlled the fight putting some good combinations together and this proved to be enough as he won by unanimous decision.
This proved to be a much tougher fight than DeGale anticipated and even received boos from some of the crowd inside the Armoury after the fight, possibly for show boating constantly during the bout. This has put questions in some people’s heads as to whether DeGale has the power to knock out top class opponents or if he has a clear lack of concentration half way through fights. Despite this, he still won the fight and remains the No.1 Super-middleweight in the world and this sets up a unification fight with WBC champion Badou Jack in London after summer, who controversially drew his bout against Bute. Floyd Mayweather was Jack’s promoter and had this to say to the media after his draw against Bute:
“James DeGale is a very exciting fighter. He’s also very explosive. In the future, those two meet down the line in a unification bout, sometime in September. We have to take that to the UK.” – Floyd Mayweather
Hopefully the fight can be arranged between the two Super-middleweight world champions and DeGale can unify the division as he has always dreamed of doing. If he manages to do so, could an all British fight between DeGale and Callum Smith be on the cards?