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James DeGale to face Rogelio Medina after Jose Uzcategui suffers illness

Medina is just behind Uzcategui in the IBF rankings.

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Venezuelan puncher and IBF mandatory super middleweight challenger Jose Uzucategui has reportedly withdrawn from his upcoming title fight with James DeGale due to illness, leaving DeGale to face number-three-ranked Rogelio Medina.

This is because the IBF lists their number-two super middleweight as "NOT RATED" instead of, you know, just bumping everyone up a slot. But far be it from me to question the wisdom of sanctioning bodies. Eddie Hearn mentions the idea of either adding this fight to the undercard of April 9th's clash between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena or building a May 14th card with this as the main event.

You may remember Medina (36-6, 30 KO) as the guy who obliterated J'Leon Love a couple years back. You may also remember him as the guy who got knocked out by a nearly forty-year-old Yori Boy Campas in 2011, lost a decision to Uzcategui in 2013, and got knocked out by Badou Jack ten months after that. His current four-fight winning streak includes one over Ernest Aboyte, who was 0-21-2 at the time.


On the bright side, this matchup does mean we get to see "Chunky" vs. "Porky," so at least it's got that going for it.

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