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DeGale returns to the ring on December 9th

DeGale returns to the ring on December 9th

By James Bell


In January 2017 at the Barclays Center, fight fans witnessed a good fight between two super middleweight champions. Badou Jack, who was the WBC champ at the time took on James DeGale who had the IBF belt going into the contest. They fought back and forth for 12 rounds and it was so close that the judges scored it a draw. Jack ended up moving to the light heavyweight division and won the WBA “regular” title. DeGale on the other hand was resting up from the fight and now he is ready to get back in the ring.

On December 9th, James DeGale will be fighting in the Copper Box Arena in London and defending the IBF super middleweight title. The opponent will be named at a later time but it will be good for DeGale to get back into form in a division that has received a boost from the World Boxing Super Series that is about to go into the semifinal round next year. Once that tournament is completed, the winner may look to face DeGale to make a claim as the best fighter in the division.

As part of the card that will be promoted by Frank Warren of Queensbury Promotions, Lee Selby will defend his IBF featherweight title and Daniel DuBois and Anthony Yarde will be in action. Selby was part of the Eubank-Abraham card where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Barrios in his 3rd defense of his title. He will look to be impressive in his showing while hoping for an opportunity against Oscar Valdez or the winner of Santa Cruz-Mares.

Anthony Yarde has been getting some buzz in the boxing scene (especially in England) as he has scored 12 KO victories in his 13 pro fights. His last encounter was against Norbert Nemesapati and that lasted 3 rounds before the referee stopped the bout. He already has a minor title in the WBO and would want to climb up the rankings there as he is currently #7. Dubois is the young English heavyweight that had intended to go for the Summer Games in 2020 but chose to turn pro instead. The 20-year-old has already been in 5 professional fights, with his debut being in April 8th against Marcus Kelly. People have given him praise just like the fellow Brit Yarde, saying that he may be the next big thing in the heavyweight division. As for now, he will be preparing for another opponent in this card in London.

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DeGale returns to the ring on December 9th
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DeGale returns to the ring on December 9th

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