DeGale vs Truax

James DeGale Caleb Truax

DeGale Truax

Copper Box Arena, London

On air @ 7.30pm

9

Dec

The IBF World Super-Middleweight Title

Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale returns to the ring after 10 months out, defending his IBF World Super-Middleweight Title against dangerous American Caleb Traux.

London’s Copper Box Arena hosts the return of ‘Chunky’, who fights in the UK for the first time since his 2014 third round TKO win over Marco Antonio Periban. Following three years away from a British ring, the anticipation is palpable for the homecoming of the London native.

DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) won the IBF belt against Andre Dirrell in May 2015, decking the American twice on route to a unanimous decision. He followed that victory up with a emphatic points win over former World Champion Lucian Bute in November later that year.

The Brit’s last outing was in January 2017, when he took on fellow World Champion Badou Jack in New York. In a scintillating bout, DeGale started strongly by flooring the Swede, however his opponent battled back to drop DeGale in the final round, resulting in a majority draw.

American southpaw Caleb Traux holds a record of 28-3-2, 18 KOs and is fighting for a World Title for the second time in his career, after being stopped in the 12th round during a WBA Middleweight title challenge against Danny Jacobs back in April 2015. 

Following DeGale's lengthy lay-off from the ring, the 34-year-old will see this as a golden, and possibly final, opportunity to claim the IBF strap and skyrocket to the top of the Super-Middleweight division. 

Fans can watch the return of Great Britain’s first boxer to win both Olympic gold and a professional World Title, live on BoxNation on December 9th.

Selby vs Ramirez

Lee Selby Eduardo Ramirez

Selby Ramirez

On air @ 7.30pm

The IBF World Featherweight Title

IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby (25-1, 9 KOs) defends his belt against Mexico’s Eduardo Ramirez, with a domestic showdown against Josh Warrington looming large.

Selby won his title against Evgeny Gradovich back in 2015, putting on a dazzling display of boxing to earn a technical decision victory in London.

He followed up that win with convincing points victories over former Bantamweight World Champion Fernando Montiel and Eric Hunter in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Looking ahead, the Barry bruiser hopes to secure super-fights against the biggest names in the division, such as Carl Frampton, Gary Russell Jr. and Leo Santa Cruz, should he overcome mandatory challenger Josh Warrington early next year.

Yarde vs Sjekloca

Anthony Yarde Nikola Sjekloca

Yarde Sjekloca

On air @ 7.30pm

The WBO Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight Title

Light-Heavyweight ‘Beast’ Anthony Yarde (13-0, 12 KOs) defends his WBO Inter-Continental and European belts against Nikola Sjekloca (32-4-1, 11 KOs).

The Montenegrin has never been stopped, and last time out he drew with EBU European Champion Robert Stieglitz in his last fight. Sjekloca has also gone the distance with World Class operators Callum Smith and Arthur Abraham.

Dubois vs Darch

Daniel Dubois Dorian Darch

Dubois Darch

On air @ 7.30pm

Heavyweight contest

Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (5-0, 5 KOs) aims to continue his KO streak when he faces former Anthony Joshua opponent Dorian Darch (12-5-1, 1 KO) in his sixth professional contest.