IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale sees a knockout victory over IBF champion Badou Jack as a very real possibility for their fight on Saturday night. These two super middleweights are going to be fighting on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The winner of the fight will have the bragging rights to say they’re the best fighter in the 168lb division. The loser will need to start over and go into the rebuilding phase.
DeGale, 30, wants to make things easy on himself by getting a knockout over Badou. If DeGale can’t get a knockout, then things could be tough for him. He would need to go 12 rounds. and that won’t be easy to do against a guy that keeps coming forward looking to land hard punches the way that Badou Jack does in his fights.
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“Don’t be surprised if he gets knocked out, but a win is a win,” said DeGale to Sky Sports News. “That’s all I want to do – is win the WBC and IBF – but don’t be surprised if he gets knocked out. “I can go at it for 12 rounds, not lay on the ropes, not have any rounds off. That’s what I’m going to prove to everybody on Saturday.”
That would be a welcome change for DeGale if he can stay off the ropes, fight hard for three minutes of each round, and not try and do just the minimal to win rounds. DeGale makes his fights harder than they need to be by him not staying active at all times. DeGale’s last fight against Rogelio Medina is a prime example of that. Instead of DeGale fighting hard and using his footwork to out-box the slow-moving Medina in the center of the ring, he positioned himself against the ropes and fought from that spot for the first six rounds of the fight.
By the time DeGale finally got off the ropes in the second half of the contest, things were starting to look bleak for him. It was lucky for DeGale that he made the proper adjustments in time for him to salvage a win, because he easily could have lost that fight if he had stuck with the routine that he was using.
Speaking about his face off with Badou, DeGale said, “I looked into his eyes, but I couldn’t really get much, but it’s on. The talking is done, the training has been done. We get in the ring on Saturday to find out who is the best super-middleweight in the world. Let’s get it on.”