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DeGale to fight for British title

PUBLISHED: 18:31 13 October 2010

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15:  James DeGale celebrates beating his opponent in his super Middleweight fight against Jindrich Kubin  at The Odyssey Arena on May 15, 2009 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** James DeGale

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15: James DeGale celebrates beating his opponent in his super Middleweight fight against Jindrich Kubin at The Odyssey Arena on May 15, 2009 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** James DeGale

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HARLESDEN star James DeGale will be handed a shot at the British super-middleweight title when Frank Warren reveals details of his December show today (Thursday).

HARLESDEN star James DeGale will be handed a shot at the British super-middleweight title when Frank Warren reveals details of his December show on Thursday.

Warren is putting together a star-studded bill to celebrate his 30 years as a promoter and that is set to include a clash between the unbeaten DeGale and current British champion Paul Smith.

Merseysider Smith had been due to defend his crown against Paul David at Liverpool’s Echo Arena later this month, but Warren wants him to take on DeGale at the same venue in December instead.

The 24-year-old Olympic gold medallist, who destroyed Carl Dilks inside a round in Birmingham last month, has been working towards the target of a British title fight by the end of 2010 ever since he turned professional.

British and European light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly is expected to headline the show, which will include several other boxers from the Warren stable.

“My recent show in Birmingham was a fantastic occasion and this will be just as big, if not bigger,” said Warren.

“I will be putting on some big fights that the fans and media will really enjoy.”

Another beneficiary of the switch is DeGale’s former Dale Youth amateur colleague and training partner Steve O’Meara, who will get an opportunity to appear under Warren’s banner for the first time on October 23.

Light-middleweight O’Meara, who signed for Warren earlier this year, is included on the undercard of a York Hall bill that replaces the original Liverpool date.


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