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Badou Jack vs James DeGale fight likely moving to November

Badou Jack and James DeGale are still on course to fight this year, but likely in November instead of September.

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According to a report at ESPN.com that cites Showtime Sports GM Stephen Espinoza, the super middleweight title unification bout between Badou Jack and James DeGale is likely moving to November, pushed back from the original plans to stage the fight in September.

Jack (20-1-2, 12 KO) still holds the WBC title after a controversial draw with Lucian Bute on April 30, and for once the controversy isn’t that the titleholder no longer should be; almost everyone watching the fight had it a fairly clear-cut win for Jack, who appeared to have racked up enough early rounds to hold off a late rally attempt from Bute.

Bute failed a drug test, though, testing positive for ostarine, and that fight could still be changed to a no-contest.

That same night in April, DeGale (23-1, 14 KO), who holds the IBF title, retained his belt with a much closer than expected decision against Rogelio "Porky" Medina. Though the on-paper outcomes differ, in reality it was DeGale who had the tougher night on April 30.

The good news here is that Jack-DeGale, which has been targeted for a while now, is still on course, just a couple of months later than previously expected.