James DeGale and Badou Jack met face-to-face for the last time before squaring off in front of what promoters hope to be an electric crowd at the Barclays Center on January 14.
The weigh-ins saw both main event boxers come in at almost the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. DeGale weighed in 166.5 pounds while Jack came in at 167.25 pounds. The fight, which will be for the unified WBC and IBF super middleweight titles, will be broadcasted on Showtime. Jack, the WBC champion, made no quirks about this fight, telling fans to tune in and not miss a second of the fight.
"You just got to wait until Saturday and see [what holes DeGale has in his game]," Jack said. "Don't blink. It could be over by then."
The co-main event will feature another title fight between Jose Pedraza and Floyd Mayweather prospect Gervonta Davis for Pedraza's IBF junior lightweight championship. Davis comes in with an impressive 16-0 record as a pro with knockouts, but Pedraza believes his experience against top-level opponents will give him the definitive edge.
"He’s fought D and C level guys and I’m prepared to go the full 12 rounds, while he’s only trying to end the fight quickly," Pedraza told Fightful.com. "That’ll give me an advantage.”
Women's boxing will also be at the forefront of Showtime's coverage of this card. WBO Female junior featherweight champion Amanda Serrano will defend her belt against Yazmin Rivas in the first televised women's fight on Showtime since Laila Ali defeated Kristina King in China in 2000.
Both women weighed before a crowd of rabid Puerto Rican and Mexican fans cheered both women on. Serrano weighed in on 120.75 pounds and Rivas 121.5 pounds.
"It feels great [fighting in Brooklyn]," Serrano said. "I'm doing this for women's boxing. It's been long enough. We deserve to be on this stage and I'm doing this for all the hard working women. All types of women in a male dominated sport, we're going to show we deserve to be here. We are back."
Here are the rest of the card's weights:
Welterweight Bout: Kenny Robles (144 pounds) vs. Latorie Woodberry (141.6 pounds)
Welterweight Bout: Noel Murphy (146.4 pounds) vs. Maxito Sainvil (145.8 pounds)
Welterweight Bout: Thomas Dulorme (145.75 pounds) vs. Brian Jones (144.5 pounds)
Welterweight Bout: Julian Sosa (141.4 pounds) vs. Gabriel Solario (143.2 pounds)
Heavyweight Bout: Adam Kownacki (257.8 pounds) vs. Joshua Tufte (265.8 pounds)
Vacant WBC Silver Middleweight Championship Bout: Ievgen Khytrov (159.5 pounds) vs. Immanuwel Aleem (158.5 pounds)
Fightful will have complete coverage of the card with a live viewing party from the Barclays Center.
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