James Degale has beaten Rogelio Medina in the IBF super-middleweight title bout with a unanimous decision. It was another below average performance by the Brit but hes got the job done. All three judges scored in favour of Degale and he defend his title for the second time.
Degale predicted an early knockout but it turned out to be a very gruelling fight going all the way to 12 rounds. In the end Degale’s superior boxing skills help him retain the IBF title and now he can lang a mega fight against Badou Jack for the super-middleweight unification.
A win is a win but James Degale is not doing himself any favours by producing lack luster displays. He was lucky to win the title of Andre Dirrel, pretty much struggled against Bute and made hard work of little know Medina. He should be a box office star by now having won the Olympic gold and winning world title but instead his personalty lacks charisma which does not make him a PPV star.
James Degale is set to take on Rogelio Medina in what will be his second world title defense of his IBF super-middleweight championship. This fight will be co-featured event alongside Badou Jack vs Lucian Bute and if both Degale and Badou Jack win thier respective fights we can very well see a matchup between the two as a unification bout later in the year. However James Degale is in no mood of getting carried away and he promised to knock out Medina inside 4 rounds. SkySports 1 will broadcast the entire fight card in the UK starting at around 05:00 am uk time but if you missed the fight you can always watch the replay which will be posted here on this page.
Fight Preview & Tale of the Tape: James Degale (22 wins, 1 loss, 14 knockouts) who won his IBF Super-middleweight crown beating Andre Dirrell back in May 2015 has build up quite a reputation outside UK and a win against Medina will set him up nicely for a bigger payday later in the year or early next year. His most recent fight was against Lucian Bute in November 2015 which he won with a unanimous decision and he is odds on favourite to win against Medina to defend his IBF title.
Rogelio Medina is a decent boxer with a record of 30 wins, 6 defeats including 30 knockouts which suggest he got power to knockout anybody on his day but Degale is few levels above when it comes to pure boxing skills. He is coming in into this fight on the back of four straight knockout wins but none of the opponents were anywhere near Degale’s level. Last time Medina was in a big fight was back in december 2013 when Badou Jack knocked him out inside 6 rounds.
Looking at both fighters record Degale clearly posses more technical skills and better level of oppositions on his C.V. While Medina’s only chance of beating degale is via knockout. If this fight goes beyond round 8 I can’t see anyway Medina getting the better of Degale.