Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/15
Boxing: Saturday, May 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm (Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts)
The Line: James DeGale +105/Andre Dirrell -125 -- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Andre Dirrell and James DeGale will square off Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena with the IBF Super Middleweight title on the line.
Andre Dirrell enters this fight with a 24-1 record, which includes 16 knockouts. Dirrell has won six straight fights and only one of those have gone the distance. Dirrell has proven himself with victories over respected boxers such as Arthur Abraham and Curtis Stevens, and his only hiccup was a split decision against former champ Carl Froch. Dirrell isn’t much of a power puncher but does a great job of picking his spots and relying on above-average defense. Dirrell will take advantage of over aggressive fighters and can end a fight quickly when he lands his combos. Dirrell has looked more motivated as of late at the age of 31 years old and is looking to bounce back in a big way after dealing with some past injuries. This will be Dirrell’s first time fighting in the Agganis Arena.
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James DeGale enters this fight with a 20-1 record, which includes 14 knockouts. DeGale is riding a 10-fight winning streak and his last two bouts lasted no longer than the fourth round. DeGale is coming off a win over Marco Antonio Peribán in December, and his only loss came at the hands of George Groves in 2011. DeGale also doesn’t pack much power, but he moves around the ring well and has very quick hands. DeGale can be very aggressive and doesn’t waste much time, which is why only one of his last six fights have gone the distance. DeGale looks to become the first Briton to win an Olympic gold medal and a world title. This will be DeGale’s first time fighting in the Agganis Arena.
As the lines indicate, this fight is as close to a toss-up as you’re going to get. Both fighters have similar styles and haven’t exactly blown anyone away with better talent faced.
Still, I think DeGale is in better form heading into this fight and has more on the line in terms of becoming the first Briton to put a world title next to a gold medal. Give me DeGale for the victory in a competitive fight.