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When super middleweight contender James DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs), a 2008 British Olympic gold medalist, faces Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs), son of 1976 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr., on Saturday in Greenhithe, England, the fight will have a U.S. broadcast home.
ESPN has signed a deal for rights to stream the fight live in the United States on ESPN3.com, the network said. The stream will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will use the British call of the fight, which will air on Ch. 5 in Great Britain.
ESPN also acquired rights to stream another notable fight: On Dec. 6, cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Poland and Italy's Giacobbe Fragomeni (30-3-2, 12 KOs), who briefly held a belt from late 2008 until mid-2009, will meet for the third time in a mandatory fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, where there is a large Polish community that has regularly turned out to support its fighters.
The stream for that card will begin at 9:30 p.m. ET and will also include the co-feature between light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs), a Poland native living in Chicago, against Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs). Fonfara is closing in on a mandatory title shot at the belt held by Sergey Kovalev.
Wlodarczyk, making his sixth title defense, owns an eighth-round knockout victory against Fragomeni in a 2010 fight for the vacant belt and they also fought to a draw in 2009 (when Fragomeni held the title).
Bouts involving Chicago junior welterweight Adrian Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) and Puerto Rican junior middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) could also be part of the stream. Announcers Col. Bob Sheridan and Benny Ricardo will call the show.
A third fight could also be added to the ESPN3.com schedule. ESPN said it is in talks to pick up the rights to the junior middleweight bout between former champion Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) and former super middleweight titlist Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KOs) of Australia. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Sydney.
The bout was originally scheduled for Oct. 23 -- and ESPN had made a deal for American rights to the fight -- but it was postponed because of financial issues with the card before being rescheduled.
When super middleweight contender James DeGale (16-1, 11 KOs), a 2008 British Olympic gold medalist, faces Dyah Davis (22-3-1, 10 KOs), son of 1976 U.S.