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DeGale eager to seize title chance

PUBLISHED: 15:23 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 24 August 2010

JAMES DeGale will claim the first title of his professional career if he can overcome Sam Horton at Upton Park on May 15. The Harlesden super-middleweight has been handed the chance to contest the vacant WBA international championship after just six bouts

JAMES DeGale will claim the first title of his professional career if he can overcome Sam Horton at Upton Park on May 15.

The Harlesden super-middleweight has been handed the chance to contest the vacant WBA international championship after just six bouts as a pro - and will step up to 12 rounds for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to hearing the bell go for rounds nine, 10, 11 and 12 so I can prove that I can do the championship distance," said DeGale.

"But to be honest I don't think the fight will last that long because I'm so confident at the moment. If I win this fight it will give me a good ranking with the WBA as well and get me noticed."

Horton, 24, has won 14 of his professional contests with just one defeat, a second-round knockout by Cello Renda in Manchester last September.

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