Fierce British rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. have finished off prep ahead of their highly anticipated super middleweight bout.
The grudge match takes place Saturday, February 23 live on SHOWTIME from The O2 in London at 3:45 pm ET/12:45 p.m. PT.
DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) and Eubank (27-2, 21 KOs) will finally settle their long-running score when the two outspoken rivals finally go toe-to-toe in front of the excitable hometown London crowd in the all-British affair.
In the co-featured bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast, fast-rising prospect Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs) battles former world champion Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight clash.
The event is promoted by Poxon Sports and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Joyce-Stiverne is promoted in association with Ringstar Sports and Don King Productions. The doubleheader will air live in the U.S. exclusively on SHOWTIME and on ITV Box Office in the U.K.
For his part, DeGale is ready to end the feud once and for all.
“Come February 23rd the smile will be wiped off his face. He’s all show. If I’m honest, if his surname was Smith, you wouldn’t know who he was. He’s riding off his dad’s name,” insisted DeGale.
“There are levels in boxing and I’m on a level above him. Come fight night, it’s going to be a schooling because Eubank Jr is gonna get schooled.
“I’ve dubbed this a ‘retirement’ fight. When he loses, he’s finished, he’s done. This will be his last fight.”
‘Chunky’ continued: “I’m so excited about this fight. I’ve been training for a long time and I’m feeling great, feeling focused and ready to do battle.
“The last couple of years, injury wise, have been very frustrating for me. But now, I can honestly say that I’m feeling great.
“I’m going to put in a fantastic performance against Chris. Come February 23rd it’s going to be a fantastic night and a fantastic victory for me.
“I’m a London boy through and through. I was raised in Harlesden and I’m proud of my city, proud of where I’m from. So, it will be good to go back to The O2 and put on a fantastic performance for the fans. I can’t wait.
“It’s been a successful and enjoyable career for most of the time. Also, I’ve lived the dream and done everything in boxing but sometimes it feels like I don’t get the credit I deserve.
“Look at my career; from being the 80-1 underdog at the Olympics and winning gold through to becoming British champion, European champion. Finally, becoming the first in Britain to win a gold medal and a world title.”
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This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com