James DeGale-Marco A. Periban Clash Formally Announced

By Terence Dooley 

James DeGale's next opponent will be Marco Antonio Periban, as the 30-year-old Mexican was unveiled at a Matchroom press conference Thursday afternoon. 

The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at Liverpool's Echo Arena on  November 22nd . Headlining the show, former light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly meets Tony Bellew in a rematch to their Oct. '11 thriller, with both fighters now campaigning in the cruiserweight division.

A win could elevate DeGale into an IBF super middleweight world title showdown with Carl Froch should he impress. A lthough DeGale is already the IBF’s mandatory, he told the assembled press that this contest feels like “another eliminator." 

Periban, 20-2-1 (13), will hope to pull a Primo Ramos, who scored a stunning 2nd round knockout over then-unbeaten #1 contender Frankie Randall in 1987, ripping away Randall's rankings in the process.

DeGale, though, knows that he cannot put a foot wrong.  Promoter Eddie Hearn yesterday told BoxingScene that 'Chunky' has to “make a statement” in this fight.


DeGale, 19-1 (13), will be chomping at the bit to show Froch that he is a viable big fight option.  The IBF have already confirmed that Froch will not be allowed to apply for an interim fight so he will lose his belt should he opt for a different route. 


"Periban is going to bring the best out of me, I’ll be ready to face Froch at The 02 on  January 31 ," stated DeGale.  "It’s not about me boxing Froch, it’s about me winning a world title.

"Making history is what it’s about."


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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Greed. on 10-10-2014

Decent fight, Periban comes to fight. I really want to see Groves-DeGale II next year.

Comment by eli porter on 10-10-2014

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;15011259]this is 2 me is as way bk when boxing was on NBC channel 4 in NYC, not during NFL season , run in early afternoon as a "filler"...2 me, not much 2 get xcited 4 this bout..[/QUOTE] That's one…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-09-2014

[QUOTE=TotalStud;15011351]So is Froch-Kessler 3 happening?[/QUOTE] Froch hasn't decided yet. Eddie Hearn has booked Jan 31st for Froch-DeGale if Froch decides to take it

Comment by //// on 10-09-2014

So is Froch-Kessler 3 happening?

Comment by BigZigga on 10-09-2014

Whose d[I]i[/I]ck did Periban s[B]u[/B]ck to keep getting all these title/near title fights?

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