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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matchroom Sports head Eddie Hearn has arrived with Callum Smith. Four of the top super middleweights in the world will share the stage later tonight as Badou Jack, Lucian Bute, James DeGale and Rogelio Medina are ready for their fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIMEâ and features the WBC champion Jack battling the former champion Bute, while the IBF titleholder DeGale takes on the top rated contender Medina. The winners of these fights have agreed to meet in a world title unification later this year.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Interbox in association with Matchroom Boxing, are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations, or call (800) 745-3000.
“Fight time is here. I’m feeling good and feeling fresh.
“Porky Medina is a good fighter. But there are levels to pro boxing and I am levels above him.
“Saturday night I’m going to show you a real performance. My last two fights have gone the distance, but this time it won’t.
“I’m the best 168-pounder out there. I’m here to prove that. There is no one out there that can test me. There are big fights out there and good guys, but I believe I’m the best.
“I like this tournament style. It’s the best boxing the best. It should always be like this.
“I’m starting to build a massive fan base back home and I haven’t even boxed at home as a world champion. Me and Badou Jack would be a massive fight in the UK with two titles on the line.
“I’ve got everything covered with my game plan, trust me. I’ve gone extremely hard in the gym. We’ve watched tapes of him and I’m feeling good.
“This fight I need to make a statement. On my last two fights, I’ve gone the distance and they’ve been against top quality elite fighters. This time – no disrespect to Porky Medina – a good fighter in his own right but he shouldn’t last the distance with me so I look forward to a good performance.
“Good luck to both men, but I’m coming for the winner of Jack vs. Bute. I want to unify the division.”