Saturday, December 1, 2012
DeGale gets new foe: Zuniga
By Dan Rafael
European super middleweight champion James DeGale, who won a 2008 Olympic gold medal for Great Britain, returns to action Dec. 8 in Hull, England, but not against Kenny Anderson, as originally planned.
Instead, DeGale (13-1, 9 KOs), a southpaw, will face Colombia's Fulgencio Zuniga in a fight that will air on Wealth TV (4 p.m. ET) in the United States and on Ch. 5 in England.
Zuniga (25-6-1, 22 KOs) is a tough journeyman who has losses on his record to Kelly Pavlik, Lucian Bute, Tavoris Cloud and Denis Inkin, all of whom won world titles.
"After Kenny Anderson's team agreeing [on] all terms with us and then pulling out on the fight, I'm pleased and proud to say we've found a better world-class opponent who has been very active," promoter Mick Hennessy said.
Zuniga is getting back in the ring quickly after losing a decision to rising South African contender Thomas Oosthuizen on Nov. 10.
"I want to fight James DeGale because it gives me the opportunity to win against an Olympian gold medalist," he said. "I have fought the best in the world, but DeGale does not have my experience, so I will win this fight. He has lost before and so he will lose again to me. I am a pressure fighter and I will fight him and pressure him in the ring until he gives up."
Said DeGale, “He might not think I have his experience, but he will have a different view after I beat him."