Ellerbe: No better opponent for Jack than DeGale
Mayweather Promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe is looking forward to hosting a massive unification on January 14 when star fighter Badou Jack puts his WBC super-middleweight belt on the line against fellow champion James DeGale.
Ellerbe, alongside Floyd Mayweather, has overseen a steady rise from the previously unfancied Jack, who battled back from a devastating loss to Derek Edwards to become a major player in the division.
“This is everything for Badou. This is why you lace them up when you’re a kid. This is an opportunity to be the best. He’s the best 168-pounder in the world and on January 14 he’ll have that platform to do it,” said Ellerbe.
“When it comes to unification, you don’t see too many unified champions. The best fighting the best is what it’s all about. DeGale is an Olympic gold medalist and a world champion. He’s fought some very good fighters. Badou will be making his third title defense and there is no better opponent than DeGale.
“When two guys come together and they want to determine who’s the best, with everything on the line, that’s what it’s all about.
“The fans can expect to see Mayweather Promotions go back to Las Vegas with two world champions. One will be a unified champion and one will be the new super featherweight world champion.
“This is a tremendous platform. Coming to New York is something that Floyd has been advocating for. He’s wanted to bring a big event here and come January 14 that’s what the fans are going to get. We have a great night of fights from top to bottom,” he added.