The Colombian, ranked 10 by the WBC in the super middleweight standings, steps in on short notice for the contest at Bluewaterand will fight for DeGale's WBC Silver title.
"Brand is a world-class fighter that not only had a brilliant amateur career but also he holds a professional record of 19-1,” said James DeGale, “but that could have been 20-0 as his only loss was a split decision over eight rounds and I know the feeling losing on a split decision.
"Once I've got passed this Colombian puncher who has 15 knockouts in his 20 fights, I will be sitting down with my promoter Mick Hennessy and looking to the big fights later this year maybe against the winner of Kessler vs. Froch or a rematch against Groves before going after Andre Ward.”
"To cover ourselves opponent-wise my agent in North America has been talking to Team Brand for the last few weeks," Hennessy added, "and we're delighted we have now got a top 10 fighter for James to prove once again that he is a top world class fighter on the march to world honours."
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