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WBC mandatory challenger James DeGale terminates Hennessy contract

Phil Jay 04/04/2014

The new mandatory challenger for WBC super-middleweight title, James DeGale has terminated his contract with promoter Mick Hennessy with immediate effect, WBN has learned.

The 28 year-old Olympic gold medallist initially raised eyebrows when inking with the UK promotional outfit in September 2012, but did enjoy a 100% record under Hennessy over five fights.

DeGale has worked his way up the rankings to eventually be named a the number one contender for Sakio Bika’s 168lb WBC belt earlier this week and is moving on to pastures new as his big opportunity nears.

The Londoner recently defeated unbeaten Gevorg Khatchikian via an eleventh round stoppage and had already been lined up for a WBC title eliminator against Floyd Mayweather guided Badou Jack.

Swedish-born Jack, who now fights out of America, was stopped in just 61 seconds by Derek Edwards in his warm-up contest, leaving DeGale in the driving seat to be Bika’s next challenger in the summer.

More details are set to emerge in the coming days on the reasons for this sudden change for DeGale, with a switch to a bigger player on the promotional scene likely to happen sooner, rather than later.

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