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DeGale fight could be switched back to London

PUBLISHED: 18:11 07 December 2011

James DeGale.

James DeGale.

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James DeGale’s WBO inter-continental super-middleweight 
title fight in Liverpool has been called off – but could be switched back to London next week.

DeGale had been due to defend his WBO belt against experienced Spaniard Jose Maria Guerrero on Friday night, but the entire show was postponed on Tuesday by promoter Frank Warren.

However, the Harlesden star could yet appear next Wednesday, as Warren is hoping to switch some of the scheduled bouts onto the York Hall show under the Queensberry Promotions banner of his sons Francis and George.

Chaos has surrounded the now-cancelled show ever since Warren originally announced that both DeGale and his old 
rival George Groves would jointly headline the bill at ExCel Arena.

Less than a week later the show was moved to Liverpool’s Echo Arena due to Olympic test events taking place at the Docklands venue – and Groves, who had been scheduled to defend his British and Commonwealth titles, then pulled out with a hand injury.

Warren has promised to stage another bill in Liverpool at the end of next month but, with DeGale already pencilled in for a European title defence a few weeks later, may be tempted to move the Guerrero fight to York Hall.

The 25-year-old was already planning to head to the east London venue next Wednesday to support his stablemate Steve O’Meara, who will be in action on the Queensberry bill.

O’Meara – like DeGale, a former Dale Youth ABC amateur – has a tricky-looking Southern Area light-middleweight title defence against unbeaten Kent challenger Nathan Weise.

However, Kilburn light-welterweight Ashley Theophane will be in action this weekend as he heads north to Peterlee Leisure Centre, Co Durham.

The 31-year-old makes the second defence of his British title, a mandatory contest against English champion Nigel Wright on Saturday evening.


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