James DeGale and Andre Dirrell will be fighting on May 23 at the Agganis Arena in Boston for the IBF World Super Middleweight title. The bout is expected to be very close as the two fighters have been equally valued by sportsbooks around the world. The two have similar backgrounds and records and they also sue the same stance for fighting, thus making them relatively similar in many ways.
A Look At DeGale
James DeGale has held an extensive amount of success in his careeer. Originating from the United Kingdom, DeGale won a Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympics in the Middleweight category. Since then, he has gone on to be a professional competitive boxer.
DeGale operates with a Southpaw stance and has used it to his advantage to take in a 20-1 record in his career with fourteen knockouts. He has won all of his last ten bouts. He has held the EBU and WBC Super Middleweight titles during his career.
This fight will mark the first time that he has fought in the United States. A majority of his bouts have taken place in the United Kingdom. Also, this will be his first fight since November when he knocked out Marco Antonio Periban in the third round of his bout.
A Check On Dirrell
Andre Dirrell also started his career in the amateur boxing circuit. He won a Bronze Medal for the United States in the 2004 Olympics. He competed in the Middleweight field during the competition. Dirrell also uses a Southpaw stance just like DeGale does.
Dirrell has a 24-1 record and has won his last six bouts. He also has sixteen knockouts for his career. The last bout that he fought in was in December when he defeated Derek Edwards through a unanimous decision.
This should be a very close and entertaining bout between James DeGale and Andre Dirrell. The two boxers have shown themselves to be very talented and should certainly be interesting for all to take a look at when it comes to what could go around.