Badou Jack will meet James DeGale in a super-middleweight title unification bout on January 14, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. See all the betting odds for Jack vs DeGale and our take on the fight.
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The bookies have James DeGale as the (-300) favorite with Badou Jack as the (+230) underdog at Bovada.
The lone loss on the record of James DeGale came at the hands of George Groves — a bitter domestic rival who won a razor thin decision over DeGale back in 2011. What makes this fight interesting is that Badou Jack holds a recent win over Groves, a fact that is surely plays on the mind of DeGale.
Although both of these boxers each have one loss on their record, DeGale’s loss was a close split decision against Groves, while Badou Jack was stopped via second round TKO by Derek Edwards in a huge upset.
A southpaw with a wealth of amateur experience and technical ability, James DeGale is the higher rated fighter of the two. Also, when you factor in his recent performance, you can understand why the Oddsmakers at Bovada have made him the 3-to-1 betting favorite.
The fight was originally supposed to take place in Badou Jack’s adopted home of Las Vegas, but was changed to the Barclays Center in what promoters thought would be a more neutral venue. Although DeGale does not seem to mind fighting on the road as his last three wins have come in impressive fashion on enemy territory, including a clear unanimous decision over Lucian Bute in Canada.