Advertisement
Advertisement

James DeGale Back on March 1, No Deal Yet With Jack

London - WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale MBE will be back in action on March 1st at The City Academy, Bristol, live on Channel 5, as his scheduled WBC final eliminator against Badou Jack looks set for purse bids

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist, DeGale, will top the bill in Bristol against a soon to be announced opponent, with an agreement between Hennessy Sports and Mayweather Promotions not looking imminent.

"I can't wait to get out there in Bristol and put on a fantastic performance," DeGale said.

"Jack's team have made it clear they aren't interested in the March 1st date in England for whatever reason, so I see this as the perfect opportunity to get out there and show everyone what I've got.

"I just hope that Jack doesn't do a Periban when he sees my performance in Bristol."

DeGale's scheduled fight with Jack is in the private negotiation period following the WBC's announcement of their final eliminator contest, fighting for the mandatory position to challenge champion Sakio Bika for the WBC world super middleweight title.

The bout was originally set between DeGale and Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban, with Hennessy Sports looking at a March 1st date in the UK.

Following Periban's withdrawal on the eve of purse bids, Jack was nominated as the new opponent and subsequently offered the same date for the fight by Hennessy Sports.

However, in Dan Rafael's recent ESPN blog, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, was quoted as saying that Jack's side isn't considering taking an offer to come to England for the fight, despite Hennessy Sports' interest.

"We're not interested in doing anything like that," Ellerbe said.

Now, with the contest likely to be decided by purse bids on February 14th, DeGale headlines a packed show in Bristol that includes British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins and young heavyweight sensation Hughie Lewis Fury.

"We offered the date to Jack and his team, but as they have recently made it clear that they have no intention of coming to the UK on March 1st, we have been negotiating with other opponents to make sure James fights on this date," Promoter Mick Hennessy said.

"James is world class and this gives him the perfect opportunity to send a statement to Jack by putting on a devastating display."

Also scheduled to fight on the show is a whole host of talent, including local Bristol fighters Dan Sarkozi, Lee Nutland, Ashley Lane and Dane Kelly, along with Gloucester's Wayne Ingram and Weston Super-Mare's Liam Hunt in his professional debut.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 01-24-2014

[QUOTE=badnewsbrown;14165460]They should put it on the PPV undercard.[/QUOTE] They should... the have nothing else

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-24-2014

That's probably what Mayweather Promotions is thinking. Win the purse bid and put DeGale vs Jack on the undercard of Floyd's May 3 PPV.

Comment by badnewsbrown on 01-24-2014

They should put it on the PPV undercard.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Mike Lee Faces Chris Traietti, September 30 at UIC Forum Juan Manuel Lopez Medically Cleared To Fight Wilfredo Vazquez Carlos Sanchez Aims To Continue KO Streak in Montebello Golovkin-Brook: Callum Smith, Kid Galahad, McDonnell Added Brook Baits Golovkin: You Want Respect? Show Me That Power! Avni Yildirim Ready For Aaron Pryor Jr. Clash in Berlin Despite Backlash, Luis Ortiz Envisions Brighter Future Williams on Brook Sparring: He's on Another Level To Golovkin! Jose Felix Pumped For Return, Hopes To Get Terry Flanagan Canelo, Conor McGregor Trade Words Over 'Cherry Picking' Claim Cuadras: Chocolatito Has an Appointment With a Knockout Photos: Christian Gonzalez, Edgar Valerio, Nava Open Workouts Photos: Danny Roman, LaRon Mitchell Ready For 'New Blood' Photos: Guerrero vs. Peralta, Angulo vs. Hernandez Face To Face Roberto Duran's 'No Mas' Trunks Hit The Auction Block Photos: Tishchenko Honored For Gold Medal By Vladimir Putin Fox Sports 1 Pleased With Latest Ratings Figure For PBC Show Guy Robb Vows To Control Pace and Outbox Miguel Marriaga Michael Conlan Has NO FEAR of AIBA's Threats of Action Jose Benavidez's Father Gives Details, Update on Son's Shooting Tomasz Adamek Ponders a Final Ring Return For 2017 Canelo: A Shame Mexicans Criticize Their Athletes So Much! Nietes vs. Sosa: Mark Magsayo To Face Garcia on The Undercard David Price, Anthony Ogogo To Feature on Braehmer-Cleverly Canelo Expects Liam Smith To Bring The Fight To Him Ricky Burns To Face Mandatory Kiryl Relikh On Return Jose Benavidez Jr. Shot in Arizona, Taken To The Hospital Bryant Perrella-Yordenis Ugas on September 27, PBC on FS1 Giovanni De Carolis-Tyron Zeuge Rematch on November 5th Golovkin's Coach: Ward Beats Everyone at 175 - Except Kovalev! Vargas is Open To Facing Crawford After Stunning Pacquiao Sam Maxwell Turns Over, Joins MGM: Will Debut In October Golovkin Warns Saunders: My Goal is The WBO Belt, I Want it Next Anthony Crolla: I'll Have Jorge Linares Rematch in Las Vegas Williams-Patterson, Eubank Jr-Langford Confirmed For October 22 In Cardiff Derry Mathews Confident: I'll Dig Deep With Luke Campbell! Upton Brothers Leave Ricky Hatton Over "Turbulent Private Life" Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora Could Collide in December Smith Backs Froch: Kovalev is Best Pound For Pound Fighter! Amir Khan Says Land For Boxing Academy is Now in Dispute
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement