EXCLUSIVE: DeGale to fight Davis as Olympic gold medallist aims for World title

By Declan Warrington

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James DeGale is to fight Dyah Davis at the Glow Arena in Bluewater on November 16.

The talented super middleweight has, in Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic, two stoppage wins from two in 2013.

Sportsmail understands the ultimate goal for DeGale and promoter Mick Hennessy is to pursue the 2008 Olympic gold medallist’s first shot at a world title, most likely against WBC champion Sakio Bika.

World title bid: James DeGale is set to fight Dyah Davis in November

World title bid: Super middleweight boxer James DeGale is set to fight Dyah Davis in November

Preparation: Promoter Mike Hennessy (left) believes facing Davis will be good for DeGale

Preparation: Promoter Mike Hennessy (left) believes facing Davis will be good for DeGale

Davis, nicknamed 'Dangerous' and the son of 1976 Olympic gold medallist Howard Davis Jr, was stopped in 10 rounds by Bika in June 2012 but is seen as the right opponent for DeGale to begin to build some momentum against.

It should not be overlooked that in domestic rivals George Groves and Carl Froch, who fight on November 24, DeGale has another potential route to a world title fight but it is thought that the favoured plan is to win another of the titles in order to turn an eventual fight against either Froch or Groves into a unification match up.

Plan: DeGale hopes to win another title in order to face Carl Froch or George Groves in a unification fight

Plan: DeGale hopes to win another title in order to face Carl Froch or George Groves (below) in a unification fight

George Groves

‘For me he’s obviously a world class, US super middleweight,’ said promoter Hennessy. ‘I think it’s good for James to face that style of fighter at this stage of his career, to prepare him for the very best he’ll face.

‘It’s a good gauge on the Bika fight, to see how James compares against that. 

‘James is very, very close to a world title fight. There’s potential for the winner of Froch versus Groves, or Andre Ward.

‘But we’ll look to take the fight that we think is the right one.’

 

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Potentially against ward!! Mick your defo drinking your name sake

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DeGale needs to leave Mick Hennessey asap.

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Mouthy clown i hope he gets rolled.

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i thought the groves de gale fight was very close and could have gone either way comments like groves made him look silly and froch would tear him apart why was there no return groves and his handlers didn't want it thats why de gale may not be a world beater but he is a very good super middle weight and will give whoever he fights a hard fight

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@spursbadboy You sir, are completely clueless!!

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@spursbadboy. I had to check my outlook to see if it was April fools. DeGale lost close to Groves and is like Khan, a good boxer but there is no fight in him. His mouth is better than his ability and Froch would tear him apart.

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I think James is class he never lost to groves, without James their was no fight their , I do think James is a better fight for froch than groves lets hope it happens ,

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At least De Gale has calmed his mouth down since George Groves made him look silly. Best night ever when that happened and by the way Groves would beat him again, Froch would beat him and Ward would make him look stupid.

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