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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
DeGale ring return scheduled

By Dan Rafael

Super middleweight contender James DeGale, a 2008 British Olympic gold medalist, will return to action Nov. 16 in England, although he doesn't have an opponent yet.

The fight will take place at Glow, Bluewater and be televised across Great Britain on network television (Channel 5), promoter Mick Hennessy announced.

"I just can't wait to get in there and give a huge, devastating performance that takes the atmosphere to another level," said DeGale, who has won his other two 2013 bouts by knockout.

DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs), whose lone loss came by close decision to rival George Groves in 2011, is knocking on the door of a world title shot in a good 168-pound division.

"When you look at the super middleweight division, it really is a great time, as there are no easy fights, no easy world champions," he said. "You'd have to say Andre Ward is No. 1 and then you'd probably have to say it's Carl Froch. But when you look at the list of other fighters in the division -- the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Thomas Oosthuizen, Lucian Bute, George Groves -- I think it's very difficult to say who No. 3 is, who No. 4 is.

"It's a really strong division with a lot of talented fighters, and I'd say I'm inside the top 10 and very excited to mix it with the best and show everything I've got. I'm ready and willing to fight anyone and it's time to step up and face the best."