The final running order has been officially announced for the British super middleweight grudge match between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.
DeGale and Eubank battle it out in London for the vacant IBO title at 168 pounds, live on ITV Box Office in the United Kingdom.
Showtime will pick up the action for American audiences.
The O2 will also see Andre Sterling take on Ricky Summers in a British Light-Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout.
Summers, who hails from Tipton in the West Midlands, came within touching distance of the British Title in 2017 when he gave then Champion Frank Buglioni a hard first title defence at The O2, only to narrowly lose on points.
After rebounding strongly by winning his last two fights, Summers is ready to get back into title contention.
He said: “I have had 5-6 weeks of hard training and it couldn’t have gone better. I have looked at Andre’s fights and he’s a good kid, I rate him, and he did well as an amateur. But I’m ready for war. I love to fight, and everyone saw that when I fought Frank Buglioni. I’m a much better fighter now and my big stage O2 experience will be invaluable on fight night.”
Unbeaten Andre Sterling’s career has been going places fast. In his last fight out in November 2018, the former Fitzroy Lodge amateur was crowned Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Champion.
He now knows victory against Summers could lead to a dream shot at the prized Lonsdale Belt.
Sterling, in bullish mood, said, “I feel wonderful and I had a great training camp. I saw Ricky’s fight against Frank Buglioni but being honest, I wasn’t impressed with it. I have trained hard for this fight and I hope he’s ready because I am.”
LCpl Chez Nihell, England’s 2018 ABA Elite Super Heavyweight Champion, will add an intriguing sub plot to an action-packed evening at The O2 when he makes his professional debut in a four round Cruiserweight contest.
Chez, who served in Afghanistan, has received special permission from the British Army to combine his status as a serving soldier with launching his pro career.
Looking confident and proud, Chez said, “I’m excited to fight on Saturday at The O2 for my debut. Training has been class and I made Cruiserweight comfortably. I have left no stone unturned in the gym and I am grateful for the tremendous support I have received from the Army boxing family and from my supporters on the Isle of Wight, where I grew up.”
In a very rare occurrence, Chez will have his wife LCpl Alanna Nihell – an official Second and decorated champion herself having secured three ABA Lightweight titles and a Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal in 2014 – working in his corner on the night.
‘A Storm Is Coming’ sees Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce defends his title against Challenger and Former WBC World Champion Bermane Stiverne.
Former IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby returns to action and takes on Omar Douglas.
Plus an action-packed undercard featuring super-featherweight Anthony Cacace, welterweight Chris Kongo. Finally, light-heavyweight Seb Eubank, brother of Chris Jr.
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FIGHT ORDER THE 02 ARENA – Saturday 23rd February 2019
18:00 ITV4 ON AIR LIVE
8 x 3 SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT (@9st 4 lbs)
ANTHONY CACACE (Belfast) ALAN CASTILLO (Argentina)
17 Fights W16 (7ko ) L1 Age: 30 Age:27 33 Fights W 26 (10ko) L7
19:00 – ITV BOX OFFICE ON AIR LIVE
10 x 3 ELIMINATOR for BRITISH LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (@12st 7lbs)
ANDRE STERLING (New Cross) RICKY SUMMERS (Tipton) 9 Fights W9 (4ko) Age: 28 Age: 31 16 Fights W15 (5ko) L1
2 x 3 VACANT IBF INTER-CONTINENTAL LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (@9st 9lbs)
LEE SELBY (Barry, South Wales) OMAR DOUGLAS (Delaware, USA)
28 Fights W26 (9ko) L2 Age: 32 Age: 28 21 Fights W19 (13ko) L 2
Ringwalk not before 21.00
12 x 3 COMMONWEALTH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
JOE JOYCE CHAMPION BERMANE STIVERNE (Canada)
7 Fights W7 (7ko) Age: 33 Age: 40 29 Fights W25 (21ko) L3 D1
Ringwalk not before 22.00
12 x 3 VACANT IBO SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (@12st)
JAMES DEGALE (Harlesden) CHRIS EUBANK JR (Hove)
28 Fights W25 (15ko) L2 D1 Age: 33 Age: 29 29 Fights W27 (21ko) L2
6/8 x 3 WELTERWEIGHT (@10st 10lbs)
CHRIS KONGO (Bermondsey) CEDRICK PEYNAUD (Paris, France)
10 Fights W10 (6ko) Age:26 Age: 32 15 Fights W6 (4ko) L6 D3
4 x 3 CRUISERWEIGHT (@14st 4lbs)
CHEZ NIHELL (Aldershot) KENT KAUPPINEN (Swadlincote, Derbyshire)
Professional debut Age: 31. Age: 27 9 Fights W2 (2ko) L
4 x 3 LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT (@12st 10lbs)
SEB EUBANK (Hove) TBC
1 Fight W1 Age: 27