Boxing - DeGale set for Bristol date on March 1

James DeGale returns to action on March 1 at The City Academy, Bristol, live on Channel 5, as his scheduled WBC final eliminator against Badou Jack looks set for purse bids.

Boxing - DeGale set for Bristol date on March 1

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DeGale against Jack is for the mandatory fight to challenge champion Sakio Bika, and is in the private negotiation period. The bout was originally set between DeGale and Mexico's Marco Antonio Periban.   Following Periban's withdrawal on the eve of purse bids, Jack was nominated as the new opponent and subsequently offered the same date for the fight by Hennessy Sports.

But in Dan Rafael's recent ESPN blog, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, was quoted as saying that Jack's side isn't considering taking an offer to come to England for the fight, despite Hennessy Sports' interest.   "We're not interested in doing anything like that," Ellerbe said.

With an agreement between Hennessy and Mayweather not looking imminent, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold medallist will top the Bristol bill with an opponent announced soon.

"I can't wait to get out there in Bristol and put on a fantastic performance," DeGale said.   "Jack's team have made it clear they aren't interested in the March 1st date in England for whatever reason, so I see this as the perfect opportunity to get out there and show everyone what I've got.   "I just hope that Jack doesn't do a Periban when he sees my performance in Bristol."   Also scheduled to fight on the show are Bristol fighters Dan Sarkozi, Lee Nutland, Ashley Lane and Dane Kelly, along with Gloucester's Wayne Ingram and Weston Super-Mare's Liam Hunt in his professional debut.

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