James DeGale makes weight ahead of Rogelio Medina fight
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 30/04/16 11:49am
James DeGale made the weight and reiterated his desire for a London unification bout with Badou Jack ahead of his fight with Rogelio 'Porky' Medina on Sunday.
The IBF super-middleweight champion was inside the 168lbs limit, weighing in at 167.6lbs, with his Mexican opponent tipping the scales slightly heavier at 167.8lbs.
The 30-year-old's bout against Medina will be the second defence of his IBF title, which he won by beating Andre Dirrell. He followed that up with a win over Lucian Bute.
DeGale insists he is out to make a statement against the 27-year-old in Washington DC, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, but clearly had one eye on WBC champion Jack, who takes on Bute on the same card, and is keen on a UK unification fight later in 2016.
"That's what I want in September, it is pencilled in; me and Badou Jack, hopefully in London, that's what I want," DeGale told Sky Sports News HQ.
"I think he has got the harder fight against Bute, against me he brought something extra, but if we both come through and both look good then hopefully in September we can fight.
"I'm feeling good, I made the weight fine, the weight is not a problem and I'm ready to go now. [Prepared] just like always, hard work, dedication and trained extremely hard.
"'Porky Medina has got a good dig on him, good power, but he is limited. He's tough, durable, he comes forward and loves to fight, a typical Mexican.
"Styles make fights and I think he is made for me, I think I should look good on Saturday night. My last two fights have gone the distance, I can't see this going the distance, I really can't. I've trained hard.
"My last two performances against Dirrell and Bute, they have been elite fighters, this is a touch down, a step down if I am being brutally honest but I've still got to be switched on, get in there and do a proper job."
At the weigh-in DeGale laid out his game plan for Medina and said he feels as though he has got to make a statement this weekend.
"100 per cent, this is the kind of fight I have got to look good in so that's what I am going to do," he added. "I think I'm going to take him apart for the first six rounds and then take him out late on. If this goes the distance I'm going to be disappointed."
DeGale had previously said he would not leave Callum Smith waiting too long for a crack at the world title should he come through a unification fight with Jack.
Smith has travelled to Washington for the fight, backing DeGale to overcome Medina and praised his fellow Brit for fighting away from home.
"I think he has improved a lot," Smith said. "James should win and, providing he's not complacent, he should look good in doing it but you never know in boxing. Medina is a worthy challenger but James should have too much.
"A lot of fighters only fight at home and struggle to move out of their comfort zone but James is not only travelling and winning but he's beating good fighters in doing that and you've got to respect that.
"Come through tomorrow night, I think he does deserve a home coming but he has done it the hard way."