DeGale-Bute Clash in Talks For November 14 in Quebec

By Rick Reeno has confirmed some of the recent rumblings in Canada, regarding a super middleweight collision between recently crowned IBF champion James DeGale (21-1, 14KOs) and Canadian superstar Lucian Bute (32-2, 25KOs).

The working date is November 14th in Quebec. The Videotron Centre, which holds over 20,000, is the venue being pursued. There has been no confirmation as to which Premier Boxing Champions network is being targeted for the fight.

Both Bute and DeGale are signed with manager/adviser Al Haymon.

DeGale became the first British Olympic gold medal winner to capture a world title when he traveled to the United States to win a twelve round decision over Andre Dirrell on May 23rd in Boston.

Bute snapped a very lengthy layoff last month, when he knocked out Andrea Di Luisa in four rounds at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It was Bute's first stoppage win since July of 2011.

Immediately after Bute's fight was over, there were immediate whispers of a fall fight with DeGale.

From what BoxingScene was told by multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations, both fighters are on board with the match, but the financial terms have yet to be worked out.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bluebeam on 09-22-2015

I like the fight for both guys

Comment by springfiels on 09-22-2015

Nice showcase fight for Degale is all goes to plan for him... Wonder if this is a stepping stone to a Jack fight in the States, then a big Ward 3 belt unification for the winner?

Comment by Tom Cruise on 09-22-2015

Yeah thats a decent fight. Could be tougher than expected if Degale doesnt take it seriously, but you have to pick degales awkward rythm to give the stiff Bute hell. Havent seen Bute's last fight but against Pascal and Grachev…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 09-22-2015

[QUOTE=Gentblue;16072754]How come no one outside of Eastern Europeans and Bernard Hopkins want to be undisputed champion anymore.... I don't blame Degale per se but no Ward, Jack or Abraham[/QUOTE] Jack just fought so won't be ready for November. DeGale would…

Comment by NEETzsche on 09-22-2015

i feel like bute is a shell of his old self at this point. fair play to degale for going abroad again though. hope he shows an improvement in activity this time. i had conflicting feelings about the dirrell fight:…

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