Two World Titles On The Line In Chicago

There will be two world title fights at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago on Friday night when Anthony Dirrell and Daniel Jacobs defend their respective belts.

Dirrell will defend his WBC World super middleweight belt against Sweden's Badou Jack and WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs will defend his against fellow American Caleb Truax.

Dirrell (27-0-1) is making the first defence of his title since beating Sakio Bika in August after initially drawing with the same fighter in his first world title fight in December 2013. Should Dirrell get past the Swede it is expected that his next fight will be against George Groves who is his mandatory challenger. Groves lost twice to Carl Froch but he has won his last two fights to rise up the WBC rankings.

Jack (18-1-1) comes into this fight off the back of two wins over Jason Escalera and Francisco Sierra since his stunning first round knockout defeat to Derek Edwards in February 2014. Dirrell will be a big step up in class for the Swede whose last fight was at light heavyweight. Jack will be a huge underdog going into the fight and it looks likely that Dirrell will record a routine victory.

Jacobs (28-1-0)  is also making his first defence of the vacant WBA World middleweight title he won by fifth round TKO against Jarrod Fletcher. He has won his last eight fights since losing to Russia's Dmitry Pirog in his first world title fight back in 2010. Twenty-five of his twenty-eight victories have come by way of knockout and it would take a brave man to bet against the hard hitting New Yorker adding to that tally.

Truax (25-1-2) is also unbeaten in his last eight fights although he did draw with Ossie Duran in January last year. The one defeat in his career came at the hands of current IBF World middleweight champion Jermain Taylor three years ago. Truax did have Taylor down in the ninth round of that bout but it wasn't enough and he lost the fight by unanimous decision. Taylor would be the best fighter either man has been in the ring with and if Truax can trouble Bad Intentions he can most definitely trouble Jacobs.

Also on the card are Maciej Sulecki (19-0-0), Artur Szpilka (17-1-0) and Keith Tapia (13-0-0) but without doubt all eyes will be on Dirrell and Jacobs as they look to defend their world titles for the first time.

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