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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
James DeGale sets date for next bout

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Super middleweight contender James DeGale, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist for Great Britain, returns to action on June 8, just three weeks since his last fight.

DeGale will face Stjepan Bozic of Slovenia in a scheduled 12-round bout at Glow in the Bluewater section of Greenhithe, England, promoter Hennessy Sports announced on Wednesday. The fight will be televised on WealthTV in the United States. Hennessy Sports also announced that the bout will be televised nationally in the United Kingdom on Channel 5.

DeGale (15-1, 10 KOs) fought on May 17 in Canada, his first fight outside of Europe, and knocked out Sebastien Demers in the second round. It's a quick turnaround, but the activity level is just what DeGale has wanted.

"This year is going to be a big year for me," DeGale, 27, said. "I'm looking to be the first ever British Olympic gold medalist who goes on and wins a professional world title and I just want to show my fans, and especially the British fight fans what I'm made of."

Bozic (26-6, 17 KOs), 38, is best known for two of his losses. He was stopped by Dimitri Sartison in the sixth round fighting for a vacant super middleweight world title in 2009 and was stopped because of a hand injury against two-division titleholder Arthur Abraham in the second round of a 2011 super middleweight bout.

"I'm not overlooking anyone," DeGale said. "Whoever gets put in front of me I'm training for like it was a world title fight. I know that there are big names out there, but the first thing I have to do is take care of Stjepan Bozic on June 8."

DeGale has won five fights in a row since losing a majority decision to British rival George Groves in May 2011. He would like an eventual rematch with Groves or to challenge countryman and world titleholder Carl Froch, who outpointed Mikkel Kessler on Saturday to unify belts in a fight that sold out the O2 Arena in London.

"If either Froch or Groves feel ready for a domestic super fight I hope they realize that I'm ready for them, too. Let's get it on," DeGale said.