James DeGale/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions
We don’t get a lot of title-unification bouts these days, so when we do, we must relish the moment. From the sound of it, James DeGale of England and Badou Jack of Sweden plan on doing just that.
They will square off Saturday at Barclays Center (on Showtime). Each fighter will put his super middleweight championship belt on the line. Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) can’t wait.
“I’m fighting another world champion, so I know that it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “No matter what, we’re getting the job done.”
Jack, 33, has been keeping his eye on his fellow champion, just in case this moment came to fruition.
“I’ve been paying attention to DeGale for a while,” he said. “You have to study your opponent a little bit for a fight this big. I’m ready to do anything it takes to win the fight.”
DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) said he, too, has gone the extra mile in his preparation.
“Camp is done; it’s been a wicked camp,” said DeGale, 30. “Everything has gone well. On Saturday night, you’re going to see two world-class fighters go to war. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and become the super middleweight unified champion.”