James DeGale-Andre Dirrell world title fight set for May 23 in Boston

26/03/2015 12:38

James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) will fight Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF super middleweight title on May 23 in Boston.

Carl Froch vacated the IBF title rather than face mandatory challenger DeGale, but the possibility of a huge all-British showdown will remain if he beats American Dirrell, whose only loss was a split decision defeat to Froch in 2009.

"Dirrell's a very, very good opponent," said DeGale. "He's only lost the one fight to Froch where a lot of people thought he'd won.

"He's tall, tricky southpaw - a bit like me. A lot of people say our styles will clash, but I think they're going to gel. There's a lot on the line - a world title - we're both hungry, young and ambitous. I think it's going to be a hell of a fight."

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist travels across the Atlantic to face Dirrell after the American’s camp won the purse bids for the fight and they opted for Boston.

DeGale is aiming to make history by becoming the first Briton to claim Olympic gold and then become a world champion.