London - Hennessy Sports confirms that at the end of last week James DeGale terminated his Promotional Rights Agreement with the company. The contract was due to run for several more years.
DeGale has been exclusively promoted by Hennessy Sports since September 2012 and in that time has successfully fought six times, all of his UK bouts having been broadcast under the "Hennessy Sports" banner live on Channel 5 including his successful challenge for the WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Following his run of successful bouts and under the promotional guidance of Hennessy Sports DeGale had recently been made mandatory challenger for the prestigious WBC world super middleweight title and had also been named in a final eliminator to become mandatory challenger for the prestigious IBF world super middleweight title, a path that would have led to a domestic super fight against the winner of Carl Froch and George Groves.
Mick Hennessy commented: "We are extremely surprised and disappointed that DeGale has terminated his long term contract with us. The agreement had several years to run and we had put him into an excellent position on the world super middleweight stage. Unfortunately the company has been given no alternative but to put the matter into the hands of its lawyers and we are currently considering our legal options against DeGale. We are also extremely concerned about the possible involvement of any other parties in DeGale’s decision to terminate our contract and if necessary we will take the appropriate legal action against any other promoter, broadcaster or sanctioning body that is found to have been involved in this decision.”
No further comment will be made by the company on this issue whilst it considers its options.