3 More Rounds

DeGale outlasts Medina to retain title

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

IBF super middleweight titlist James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) was drawn into a tough fight against Rogelio Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) en route to a unanimous decision win.

DeGale was willing to trade punches with the heavier-handed Medina, who stalked him throughout the fight and found opportunities to back up the champion against the ropes, where he had his most success.

Medina kept applying pressure as he bruised up DeGale’s face while attacking the body, but DeGale turned it up when he had to by moving well, counter-punching and connecting with quick combinations.

Final scores were 115-113, 116-112 (read on the broadcast incorrectly as 117-111), and 117-111 for DeGale.

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