Olympic gold medalist and current IBF no. 1 super middleweight contender, James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban (20-2-1, 13 KOs) on November 22 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK on the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew II undercard.
DeGale, 28, who continues to wait on his title shot against Carl Froch, views the bout as a “must impress” moment in what he feels to be a second title eliminator. An impressive win makes him an infinitely easier sell against a Froch who seems more focused on fighting in Las Vegas against an established name in the States.
In his last bout, DeGale stopped Brandon Gonzales in four surprisingly one-sided rounds.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Periban has flirted with the main stage in his last three bouts, losing to Sakio Bika and J’Leon Love via close decision as well as fighting to a draw with Badou Jack.