James DeGale vs. Rogelio Medina Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/30/16
Rogelio Medina vs. James DeGale
Boxing: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm (D.C. Armory)
The Line: James DeGale -3000 / Rogelio Medina +1500 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
James DeGale and Rogelio Medina fight Saturday night at the D.C. Armory for the IBF super-middleweight title.
James DeGale enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. DeGale has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a November win over Lucian Bute. DeGale does a nice job of controlling the ring with his constant movement and forward approach. DeGale is the aggressor in most fights, as he’s always looking to engage offensively and does a fine job of mixing in combinations. DeGale works the head and the body, and he’s able to use his length to his advantage defensively. DeGale hasn’t had the toughest resume throughout his career, but he’s clearly proven himself on the big stage as a gold medalist and champion. This will be DeGale’s second fight in the United States.
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Rogelio Medina enters this fight with a 36-6 record that includes 30 knockouts. Medina has won his last four fights and is coming off a May win over Samuel Miller. Medina has quick hands and does a nice job of moving forward and being the aggressor. Medina clearly has power in both hands, and his last seven victories have come by knockout. Medina hasn’t had a lot of big fights on his resume, and this will be his first true shot to prove he’s one of the top boxers in his weight class. The concern with Medina has always been his chin, as he’s been knocked down many times throughout his career and has been knocked out in three of his six losses. This will be Medina’s first fight in Washington.
Medina is no slouch with his hand speed and punching power, and he should be able to make this a competitive fight for at least a few rounds. However, DeGale is the better overall fighter and has the offense that could give Medina and his weak chin issues. There just hasn’t been enough consistency to believe Medina can pull off the monster upset here.
Look for DeGale to win this bout and keep his belt.