Now we can officially say that 2017’s fights have begun. Badou Jack and James DeGale will meet this weekend on Showtime, kicking off what we all hope will be a much-improved year in boxing.
Has Jack sufficiently righted the ship since getting ousted in under one round a few years ago? Will DeGale — the U.K.’s first Olympic gold medalist and world champion — be able to follow up his sleepy 2016 with a much bigger year? It’s not a perfect fight, not precisely 50-50 in odds, but it should hold us over for a while.
Apart from previewing #JackDeGale, this week author and filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler and historian Patrick Connor also relived some of their favorite heavyweight knockouts, slugfests and memorable moments from the 1990s.