James DeGale takes take a step closer to achieving his dream of becoming British Super-Middleweight champion when he faces Carl Dilks in an eliminator for the title on September 18 in Birmingham.
And Chunky hopes to lift the full belt – currently held by Paul Smith – by the end of the year.
2008 Olympic gold medallist DeGale has won all seven of his fights since turning professional in February last year and won his first title in his last fight, stopping Sam Horton in May to lift the WBA International crown at 168 pounds.
Now he’s aiming for another major step forward on Frank Warren‘s massive Magnificent Seven show at the LG Arena, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office.
In Dilks he has a tough opponent, as the 26-year-old scouser has won 14 of his 16 fights and has never been stopped – something that DeGale wants to be the first to do.
“I don’t think this fight will go beyond half way,” he said.
“Dilks is a great test for me, but I’d be very disappointed if I did not knock him out.
“My power is improving with every session I have in the gym.
“I feel like I am ready for anyone in the country right now.
“Growing up as a kid, my aim was always to win the British title, and if I win this fight then I will be a step closer.
“I don’t know if Paul Smith is going to vacate and fight for bigger things, but I’m happy to fight all comers to land that Lonsdale belt.”
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