DeGale will face Sebastien Demers this Friday in Quebec, Canada

15/05/2013 15:55

British super middleweight contender James DeGale (14-1) will make his North American debut this Friday when he fights Sebastien Demers (31-5) in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

"I'm feeling good, very good, I haven't been out of the gym since the beginning of the year," said Degale.

"Obviously I've had a couple of fights canceled on me and postponed, but obviously I'm a true professional. It means alot to me to be making my debut in North America. I just want to show the fans what I'm made of, show them what I've got and show them what I'm all about. I want to put on a great performance out there - slick, skilful, showcase my skills and put on a fantastic show."

 For DeGale, 27, this will be the first fight since dominating former IBO middleweight champion Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull back in December, after his clash with Alexander Brand, set for March was postponed.

Now DeGale will face Canadian fighter Demers, who fought Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in 2007.

Demers, 33 has lost his last three fights and his last outing was a year and half ago when he was beaten by Allen Green by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision.  

The former 2008 Olympic gold medalist has a four fight winning streak since losing to George Groves in May 2011. He's beaten Piotr Wilczewski, Cristian Sanavia, Hadillah Mohoumadi and Zuniga. However it is not surprising that DeGale's promoter Mick Hennessey is putting him in with Demers instead of someone really good because Wilczewski and Mohoumadi gave DeGale all kinds of problems and he was lucky he won those fights because they were very close. He just looks too flawed and he fights in too much of a relaxed manner to beat anyone good at this point.

The fight will be subject to British Boxing Board approval.