By Carlos Boogs
A few days ago, BoxingScene.com reported that a deal was being negotiated for IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14KOs) to defend his belt against Canadian superstar Lucian Bute (32-2, 25KOs). The fight is reportedly close, but not finalized as of yet.
The fight was being targeted for November 14th at the Videotron Centre in Quebec. Sources are now indicating that November 28th is appearing to be the more likely date for Bute's return.
Also on the card would be a doubleheader where Isaac Chilemba and Eleider Alvarez collide in a WBC final eliminator. A deal was reached between both sides a few days ago.
The third fight is still undetermined. A final IBF eliminator between Artur Beterbiev and Sullivan Barrera was the bout being mentioned, but Barrera is unable to enter Canada and now a purse bid is scheduled for next week. Beterbiev's side is expected to win the purse bid. Even in winning the issue with Barrera's visa would exist unless they decide to hold the fight elsewhere.