James DeGale’s unsurprising announcement that he has switched from Hennessy Sports to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable has opened up the possibility of yet another high-profile British battle later in the year.
The 28 year-old signed on the dotted line for a clash with undefeated American Brandon ‘Flawless’ Gonzales on May 31 in what has been confirmed as an IBF super-middleweight title eliminator.
Topping the bill at Wembley is Carl Froch’s mammoth return with George Groves, and with both the IBF and WBA titles on the line in that big UK clash, DeGale can set up a meeting with the victor with a debut win under his new promoter.
Hearn has already rubberstamped that both winners are to meet as former Olympic champion DeGale heads towards a first world title shot provided he can overcome the dangerous Portland-born puncher.
Gonzales, 29, made light work of Jonathon Nelson in his previous bout last November to push his record to 18-0-1, but can only boast a draw with Thomas Oosthuizen as his real career-high prior to facing DeGale in what is his first non-US contest.
DeGale will certainly go into the fight as favourite, with a rematch against Groves a real possibility, after the two shared a controversial build-up – followed by twelve pulsating rounds when the rivals first met in May 2011.
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