Premier Boxing Champions' latest main event includes two elite super middleweights when James DeGale (20-1) of London faces Andre Dirrell (24-1) of Flint, Michigan, for the vacant IBF belt at Agganis Arena in Boston on Saturday afternoon.
Both southpaw switch hitters enter the fight at just under 168 pounds for the nationally televised 12-round bout. This is the first time that DeGale has fought in the U.S., and he is searching to make more of a name for himself with a successful professional career that began in 2009. The middleweight gold medalist from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing is coming off wins over Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico, and Brandon Gonzalez of Portland, Oregon. The only loss of DeGale's career came in a majority-decision defeat to George Groves.
"The belt means everything to me and more. I am here to make history, and it doesn't happen without that title," the 29-year-old said this week.
He may have his hands full with Dirrell. The bronze medalist from the 2004 Olympics in Athens has six consecutive wins after a split decision loss to prominent champion Carl Froch in Nottingham. Two of Dirrell's last three fights have not reached the sixth round.
The 31-year-old is considered a rising star in the division, having defeated some notable fighters such as Victor Oganov of Australia and Arthur Abraham of Armenia.
Agganis Arena has an 8,000 capacity, and there is expected to be a solid British contingent on hand to support DeGale.
When: 4:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Agganis Arena in Boston
TV: NBC (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)
Live Stream: Watch here
Betting Odds: DeGale at 10/11; Dirrell at 5/6
Prediction: Dirrell in a majority decision