This afternoom it was finally announced that Britain’s James DeGale(20-1, 14 KOs) will fight American Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF super middleweight title on May 23 in Boston, USA.
DeGale has been mandatory challenger for the IBF title since mid 2014. However the former Olympic gold medalist had to wait for then champion Carl Froch to decide whether he wished to relinquish the title or fulfil his mandatory obligation.
Chasing a lucrative PPV fight with son-of-a-legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Froch vacated the title in late January of this year, allowing DeGale to compete for the belt with the next available contender.
Purse bids were submitted for the fight this month, with Warriors Boxing backed by Al Haymon, logging a winning big of $3.1 million to stage the fight, beating off competition from DeGale’s promoter Matchroom Boxing by nearly $1 million.
Today it was announced, DeGale and former world title challenger Dirrell, will fight May 23 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.
This will be DeGale’s first crack at world honours, with the Harlsden native hoping to bring back the title to British shores to set up a prospective mega rematch with lifetime foe George Groves next year, providing Groves can also win his WBC title challenge against the other Dirrell brother and reiging champion Anthony.