US-based Warriors Boxing have fended off the challenge of Great Britian’s Matchroom Boxing to win the right to host the vacant IBF super middleweight title clash between Andre Dirrell and James DeGale.
Matchroom, led by promoter Eddie Hearn, had been keen to win Tuesday’s purse bid in order to gain home advantage for DeGale’s next bout scheduled to take place in London on April 25 – although may now be forced to rethink their plans.
The IBF have outlined to WBN that the contest must take place before the end of June, 2015 meaning DeGale’s headlining outing at the O2 Arena may have to take less significance than first anticipated by Matchroom.
“The purse bid for the super middleweight championship contest between James DeGale and Andre Dirrell took place today, March 10, 2015, at the IBF office in Springfield, NJ. The bidders were Warriors Boxing Promotions and Mathchroom Sport,” the IBF informed World Boxing News.
“The winning bid came from Warriors Boxing Promotions at $3,100,000.00. Matchroom Sport bid $2,105,000.00. The purse will be split 50/50.
“Warriors Boxing Promotion has until March 25, 2015 to submit executed contracts for this bout to the IBF and has 90 days to stage the contest.”
DeGale was hoping to win his first world title on home soil but is nailed on to face a daunting trip to America to tackle Dirrell in his own backyard. Dirrell had already made it clear that he was unwilling to travel to the UK and Warriors huge $3million plus statement made sure the former WBC title challenger didn’t have to.
The 31 year-old lost out to Carl Froch on his previous visit to the British Isles and will potentially be the favourite to take the title due solely to the likelihood of Dirrell gaining home advantage for the summer battle.