Degale vs Jack To Unify 168 pound World Titles Saturday

badou-jack-20150425_0A6989258BE64D8C92B465F57706895ETomorrow (Saturday, January 14, 2017) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Showtime Boxing returns with a major card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn that features three world titles in the main fight slots. The main event sees super middleweight world champions meet in a title unification bout. IBF world titlist James DeGale (23-1) of England faces WBC world champion Badou Jack (20-1-2) in a match the Premier Boxing Champions have been working to deliver since the two fought on the same card last year, in April at the Washington DC Armory. DeGale is an Olympic gold medalist and his lone loss as a pro comes to British rival George Groves. Unlike many British world champions who choose to fight at home and avoid the test of fighting abroad, DeGale has not fought at home since 2014, capturing the IBF world belt and defending it twice successfully. In February of 214, Jack suffered a KO loss to unsung Derek Edwards that was considered a career setback, but he has been one of boxing’s most improved fighters since then. In April of 2015 he beat then undefeated Anthony Dirrell for the WBC version of the world title and he has held onto the belt through two title defenses as well. Entering the fight this Saturday, DeGale is a -280 favorite, with Jack returning t +240. The over/under for the twelve round bout is set at 10 1/2, with the over set at -365 and the under at +305. The co-feature sees IBF super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza (22-0) defending his belt against Gervonta Davis (16-0). Pedraza won his world title in April of 2015 when he defeated Andrey Klimov to claim the vacant belt, and he has held onto the title through two title defenses. Pedraza last fought in April of last year when he defeated England’s Stephen Smith by UD to successfully defend his belt. In Davis, he is getting a 22 year old who has been brought along by “The Money Team” and Floyd Mayweather Jr from early on in his career. Davis has the hand speed and the pedigree to do big things, but with Mayweather acting as the co-promoter for this bout, we will find out if he has been brought along to fast in this one. Davis is a +110 underdog heading into the fight, with Pedraza paying -130 in what is a razor thin line at the books. Ten round middleweight action with the WBC Silver title on the line sees undefeated fighters Ievgen Khytrov (14-0) and Immanuel Aleem (16-0-1) square off. That bout sees the RUssian Khytrov favored at -610 at the sports books, with Aleem returning at +425. WBO world female super bantamweight champion Amanda Serrano (30-1) takes on the challenge of Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1) in the third world title fight on the card. Check back later in the week to see if a line has popped up for Serrano vs Rivas. it is hoped that Showtime will have the forward thinking to air the Serrano-Rivas bout as both women bring a high level of experience and skill to their fight. This fight has a chance to be fight of the night on a show crowded with talent.

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