<
>

Notes: DeGale, Bute headed to super middleweight title fight

Scott Heavey/Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Super middleweight titlist James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) and Montreal star Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) are expected to meet Nov. 28 at the new Videotron Center in Quebec City, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the bout. Showtime likely would televise the fight in the United States. Announcement of the fight could come any day. A native of England, DeGale, 29, outpointed Andre Dirrell on May 23 in Boston to win a world title that had been vacated by Carl Froch, who retired. DeGale will be defending the belt for the first time against Bute, who scored a fourth-round knockout of Andrea Di Luisa on Aug. 15 in his return from a long layoff. A former titleholder, Bute, 35, had been out of action since a lopsided decision loss to Montreal rival and former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal in August 2014.

• Featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), whose first defense is slated to come against Oscar Escandon, is penciled in for Nov. 14 on Showtime at a site to be determined. The bout was originally announced for Oct. 24, but scheduling issues forced a change. Russell, 27, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, won the belt in March by fourth-round knockout of former titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez. Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs), 31, of Colombia, is coming off a decision loss to Moises Flores in April in an interim junior featherweight title bout. One fight before that, Escandon won an extremely controversial split decision and an interim junior featherweight belt against Tyson Cave in December. He is moving up in weight to face Russell.

• The Premier Boxing Champions card on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday night, headlined by secondary junior lightweight titlist Javier Fortuna’s 10th-round knockout of Carlos Velasquez, was the best-performing card so far early in the series. The Fortuna-Velasquez telecast averaged 201,000 viewers, the most of any of the four PBC cards FS1 has aired since it made its debut on the network Sept. 8. According to FS1, that is 18 percent better than the average total that was drawn by the “Golden Boy Live” cards the network aired before letting its deal with Golden Boy expire and selling its time to PBC. The Golden Boy cards averaged 171,000 viewers, according to FS1. The fifth PBC on FS1 card is on Tuesday, Oct. 6 (9 p.m. ET), when super middleweights Julius Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) and Jose Uzcategui (23-1, 19 KOs) meet in a world title elimination bout.