The 2008 Olympic middleweight gold medalist James DeGale entered this fight with a professional boxing record of 21-1-0 (14 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.2 super middleweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Arthur Abraham). He suffered his only defeat, via majority decision, in 2011 when he faced George Groves (=Groves vs DeGale), since then he has collected 11 consecutive victories winning the vacant Ibf title in his last bout, against Andre Dirrell (=DeGale vs Dirrell).
His opponent, the former Ibf super-Mw champion Lucian Bute, has an official record of 32-2-0 (25 KOs=78%) and he entered as the No.19 in the same weight class. He lost to Jean Pascal last year (=Pascal vs Bute) but he came back to win in 2015 defeating Andrea Di Luisa (=Bute vs Di Luisa). DeGale vs Bute is valid for the IBF World super middleweight title (DeGale’s first defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada
Division: super middleweight (168 lbs, 76.2 kg)
Title: IBF World super middleweight title
DeGale’s previous fight: James DeGale vs Andre Dirrell
Bute’s previous fight: Lucian Bute vs Andrea Di Luisa
DeGale’s next fight: James DeGale vs Rogelio Medina
Bute’s next fight: Badou Jack vs Lucian Bute
(Alternative free embeddable video hosted on Youtube)