Tuesday, 29th February, 2012
Speculation is growing that European Super-Middleweight champion James DeGale is about to sign for the huge European outfit Sauerland promotions. There had been rumours circulating that the British prospect was looking to leave Frank Warren’s stable, after publicy venting his distaste at the long-term promoter signing his arch-rival George Groves from Hayemaker promotions late last year.
James DeGale (11(8)-1) is to defend the EBU strap against Italian Cristian Sanavia in Denmark on April 21st this year, but the fight purse has been won by powerhouse Sauerland promotions, thus being a Sauerland fight and promotion in all aspects. The German outfit also have a very good working relationship with Frank warren and Boxnation (UK Boxing TV station), so it could in theory work well for both parties.
The classy southpaw came off a close points loss against British counterpart George Groves last year, but rebounded with an impressive performance, beating Piotr Wilczewski to capture the EBU belt, as well as the WBO-Intercontinental strap, cementing his place as one of the leading contenders to challenge the currently packed 168lb arena.
Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1) has fought relatively weak opposition, though he has had two unsuccessful attempts at beating the rated Karo Murat, but the Italian has won his last 5 bouts. It should be a routine defence for DeGale, but if the rumour that he is joining the Sauerland roster is true, then he can look forward to some huge fights in the Super-Middleweight division. He can also hang on to the notion that he will fight Groves again, in what would be a huge British rematch, but this time, with vested European and global interest.