Jack/DeGale Speak on Their Brooklyn Brawl
A star-studded press conference took place Wednesday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as several New York boxing “ambassadors” signified the return of the sport to New York City by announcing the WBC/IBF Super Middleweight World Championship unification bout pitting Badou Jack against James DeGale. The fight is scheduled for Saturday, January 14 in Brooklyn and will air live on SHOWTIME.
Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:
Badou Jack: “I think this will be an exciting fight. I’m going to give it my all and he’s going to give it his all. This is a bigger fight than anything we’ve been a part of. He’s going to turn it up and so will I. Now it’s me and DeGale. All the other fights are in the past. We’ve had different results against the same fighters. But none of that matters, it’s time to fight…I like being the underdog. If I’m the underdog in this fight, then that’s perfect for me. There won’t be any excuses when I beat him.”
James DeGale: “It’s here. The big one. The best fighting the best. Number one against number two. Badou Jack is a very good fighter. He doesn’t do anything spectacular, but he’s a compete fighter…Me and Badou Jack are two different fighters. I think I’m going to beat him wide on the scorecards or stop him.”
Jose Pedraza: “I’m thankful to everyone here and my people from New York who I know will be supporting me on fight night…If Davis says he has to be killed to be beaten, then he’s going to have to go down. I’m undefeated and I will remain undefeated after January 14. I know Davis is a strong kid, but he isn’t on my level. I am looking to dominate this fight.”
Gervonta Davis: “There’s nothing Pedraza can bring to the ring that I haven’t seen before. I’ve been battle-tested inside the ring and outside the ring. He’s going to have to kill me to retain his title. I’m coming home a champion. There’s no doubt about it…I’m going to steal the show on January 14. I’m going to get Pedraza out of there and then work to unify the division against the other champs.”