By Luke Penhasi: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (16-1, 11 KO’s) successfully weighed in on Friday for his title defense against American Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, England. DeGale weighed in right at the limit at 168 lbs., and looked pretty good but with a slight amount of fat on his lower abdomen. Davis looked trim and sleek at 167.25 lbs.
This is another Hennessey Sports match-up for DeGale where he’s not facing the real cream of the 168 lb. division for some reason despite DeGale’s high rankings – #3 WBC, #4 WBO, #5 IBF, #9 WBA – with the search engines. It looks like Hennessy is going to wait until DeGale gets a title shot before he gets his first real test. At this point DeGale should get a title shot against either WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika or IBF/WBA champion Carl Froch if he can beat George Groves on November 23rd and DeGale can get past Davis.
DeGale has the speed and power advantage in this fight over Davis. But that doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily win the fight. Davis has great skills, and he’s got a great pedigree, as his father is 1976 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis. Like his father, Dyah has failed to capture a world title at the pro level. But at least Dyah will have an opportunity to win the WBC Silver strap on Saturday night if he can beat DeGale, and that counts for something.
DeGale can’t afford to lose this fight if he wants to get a title shot. His promoter picked out Dyah Davis for him to fight rather than a dangerous super middleweight, and this is a fight that DeGale is supposed to win on paper. If he fails to accomplish that on Saturday then he’s going to need to sit down and really think hard about whether it’s woth it for him to be pursuing a career in boxing. Dyah’s a good fighter, but he’s far from the top 5 or even top 10 in the super middleweight division, so DeGale can’t lose to this guy if he wants to be seen as a major play at 168.