James DeGale is one win away from fighting for Sakio Bika's WBC title
James DeGale is one step away from fighting for a world title after the WBC called for him to face Sweden's Badou Jack.
Last Updated: 16/01/14 12:08pm
DeGale, the 2008 Olympic champion, currently holds the WBC's Silver super-middleweight title, putting him in line for a shot at champion Sakio Bika.
The 27-year-old had been due to fight No 1 ranked Marco Antonio Periban but the Mexican has pulled out of negotiations.
"This is the fight I've been aiming towards and it's one I'm going to take with both hands - I'm 100% fit, 100% hungry and I'm good to go," said DeGale.
Jack is based in Las Vegas and has a 16-0 record with 11 stoppages and one draw - however he has never been involved in a 12-round fight.
By contrast, DeGale (17-1) has been fighting in championship-length fights since his seventh pro-bout going the distance no fewer than five times.
"We're now in the private negotiation period and if we cannot come to an agreement with Jack's representatives it will go to purse bids on February 14th," said promoter Mick Hennessy.
"We have already made an offer to Mayweather Promotions for this fight to take place in England on March 1st and we are awaiting a reply.
"The great thing about eliminators and mandatory positions is that fighters are forced to face each other as no one was in a hurry to face James."