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Warren looking at Saunders vs DeGale

Promoter confirms bout possible for September 15th

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Frank Warren has confirmed today that a fight between WBO world middleweight champion, Billy-Joe Saunders and IBF world super-middleweight champion, James DeGale is a very real possibility for September 15th at London’s O2 Arena.

Saunders was forced to pull out of his slated world title defence with Martin Murray this coming Saturday citing a hamstring injury. Having already put the date back once from April 14th after injuring his hand in training. While the latter injury was more than likely legitimate, the most recent hamstring injury has been called into question by many.

Following news that the long-awaited rematch between WBA, WBC, IBO and now Ring Magazine champion, Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was unlikely to happen due to financial disagreements. Saunders pulled out of his scheduled title defence. We have since learned that a date of August 25th at The Forum, Inglewood, California was agreed for a unification bout between Saunders and Golovkin, with Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez slated to fight on the undercard. However, this bout was scrapped following an agreement between Golovkin and Canelo’s teams, leaving the Hatfield man without an opponent.

Saunders NEEDS a big name, there is no question about it. His options for a big fight at middleweight are limited. Either Daniel Jacobs, or Sergey Derevyanchenko will fight for the vacant IBF title. Although it is highly unlikely that they will fight each other considering they are in fact gym mates and share the same trainer. Jermall Charlo is an option, but with rumours that Charlo could sign with DAZN, Eddie Hearn’s entry into the US market, that too seems unlikely.

So it is to fellow 2008 Olympian, James DeGale that Warren is looking to match his charge with. DeGale boxed on one of Warren’s shows in December. Losing his IBF world title to Caleb Truax only for the Harpenden man to win the title back on April 7th on the undercard of Jarrett Hurd’s unification win over Erislandy Lara.

Warren told Boxing News. “He’d have to go up and give away weight if that did happen, but we will see if it can be done. That would be a great fight. I’m sure all the fans would come out for that. All those names at the moment are there to be considered. I’ve got to sit down with Bill, which I will do over the weekend and we’ll work out what we’re going to do.”

The popular fan opinion is to give Martin Murray his title shot. But Warren too NEEDS a big card. He has blown hot and cold after putting on a stunning card in Leeds that saw Josh Warrington win the IBF world featherweight title. But then has stuttered with Tyson Fury’s return and failing to land Carl Frampton a big named opponent for his homecoming at Windsor Park on the 18th August.