James DeGale’s challenge for the European super-middleweight crown is now slated to be chief support to the all-British WBA light-heavyweight title tear-up between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew, at Liverpoolâ€™s Echo Arena.
After suffering his first professional defeat to George Groves, DeGale (10-1, 8 KO) is bouncing straight back into the title picture on October 15th, against current champion Piotr Wilczewski (29-1, 10 KO), who hails from Roztocznik in Poland.
DeGale spoke of his anticipation ahead of another visit to the Echo Arena, stating: “I’m looking forward to returning to Liverpool to fight for the European title, in what will be a good fight for the fans,”
“I had a great win there when I beat Paul Smith in December to claim the British title, and although he was the local favourite then, I hope the fans will come out and support me,”
“Piotr is a good tough champion and he looks like a right handful, this is really tough fight for me and I’m expecting him to bring the best out in me on the night,”
“It’s fantastic that I’m challenging for the European title in my first fight back and I’m going to take the title.”
A further title fight on the card sees 2008 Olympian and unbeaten pro Billy Joe Saunders challenge for the first title of his career when he takes on Southern Area Middleweight Champion Gary Bouldon.
A stacked undercard features the aforementioned former British Super-Middleweight Champion Paul Smith (now campaigning at middleweight); unbeaten Liverpool prospects Joe Selkirk, Rocky Fielding and Liam Smith, Ellesmere Port’s unbeaten talent Paul Butler; sensational prospet Ronnie Heffron from Oldham; Welsh stars Craig Evans and Tobias Webb; plus the highly anticipated professional debut of Hyde cruiserweight Danny “Boom Boom” Benson.