DeGale v Periban slated for UK, winner to face Chavez Jr. in WBC eliminator
The World Boxing Council have revealed that British super-middleweight contender James DeGale is set to fight NABF title holder Marco Periban in the United Kingdom in the coming months.
Speaking at the WBC Convention, Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman stated that Londoner DeGale, 27, has agreed to a fight against Periban on his home patch next year, with the victor then in line for a final eliminator to face champion Sakio Bika.
Mexican Periban was unlucky to miss out on becoming WBC champion previously when pitted against Bika for the vacant title in the summer and will be a stubborn test for DeGale, even with the fight happening on British soil.
Whomever does come out on top then faces the daunting task of meeting ex-middleweight king Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at 168lbs after the huge 160lber decided to move up the eight pounds following defeat to Sergio Martinez.
For DeGale, fights in the ilk of Chavez are what the 2008 Olympic gold medallist has been craving, although promoter’s Hennessy Sports are yet to confirm that terms have been initially finalised with 29 year-old Periban.
Right now, the WBC’s plan is far from set in stone and DeGale has to first negotiate Dyah Davis on November 16, before his semi-final clash with former title challenger Periban can come to fruition.
Providing DeGale wins the fight double, there would then be the tough negotiations with Top Rank and Bob Arum to come as Chavez Jr. will almost certainly want home advantage and DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy has always been a stickler for having things his own way.
If the four-fighter blueprint involving DeGale, Periban, Chavez and Bika does follow the WBC’s guidlines, fight fans can look forward to some tasty match-ups in 2014, with the eventual champion to be in the mix to battle the big names of the division in Carl Froch and Andre Ward.
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