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'Chunky' will attempt to unify the super middleweight division against Badou Jack in January.

James DeGale books unification bout with Badou Jack

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James DeGale will face Badou Jack in an IBF and WBC Super Middleweight unification fight in Las Vegas on January 14. 

IBF champion DeGale has been in talks with WBC title holder Jack and his team all summer, and now finally knows the date he will attempt to unify the 168-pound division.

Each fighter has only lost once in their career thus far (DeGale 23-1 and Jack 20-1-2) - and also share the fact that they beat a Dirrell brother to win their respective belts.

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The Swede beat Anthony Dirrell by mixed decision back in April 2015 to win his first world title, while DeGale beat the older brother, Andre, in May of the same year to earn his own maiden world crown. 

Both fighters have defended twice since then, with Jack beating former DeGale conqueror George Groves in a tight affair last September before drawing with former champ Lucian Bute in April.

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DeGale has also faced Bute, but faired much better, coming out a comfortable winner on points in Quebec in November. He then easily outclassed Rogelio Medina in Washington DC earlier this year to retain his belt. 

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The 30-year-old will be the travelling fighter as Jack is based out of Vegas, but seemed buoyant about the announcement as he broke the news on his Instagram. 

The fight has been long in the making and should be an intriguing, quite possibly explosive affair.

A much-anticipated rematch between WBA featherweight champion Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz is also in the pipelines for January. 

Frampton remained unbeaten and became a two-weight world champion when he outpointed Santa Cruz in an enthralling candidate for Fight of the Year back in July,  and will defend his title in Las Vegas on January 28. 

Will DeGale beat Jack? Can he knock him out? Have your say in the comments. 

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