Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Title shot for DeGale

Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked number three in the world by the WBO, has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year. "Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back," said DeGale. "I've been hard in training since my last fight and I'm ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I'll be in great shape," "The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I'm a positive person and now I'm focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title," "My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me home advantage for this title shot and now I've got to go out there, do the business and win it in style," "In fact, I'm about to sign a new three year deal with Frank and I'm really happy that he will continue to build my career as he has done since I turned professional," "He brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout loss to a world title in only three fights so I know that he can do it for me." Warren said, "This is a make or break fight for James. He's got a big opportunity in front of him against Wilczewski and now has to go out there a deliver the goods and show the fans what he can do."

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