Degale had previously been contracted to Frank Warren Promotions, but after the relationship broke down Degale had been on the look-out for a move elsewhere. The signing of Degale’s rival, George Groves, and a lack of fights were cited as possible reasons for the desire to change promoters.
Naturally, Degale is enthusiastic about this new chapter in his career. “I am over the moon with my new long-term promotional deal with Hennessy Sports,” he said. Mick Hennessy, too, who also promotes young starlets Kid Galahad, Chris Eubank Jr. and heavyweight Tyson Fury, is also delighted at his latest signing. “I’m very excited to have signed a brilliant young talent like James Degale,” said Hennessy. “To already be European Champion after only 13 fights is also an amazing achievement. Our goal is to nurture and enhance James’ extreme talent to the highest level and for him to become not only a genuine world champion but also a cross-over star worldwide,” Mick added.
An ambition to fight for and become a world champion by the end of this year has had to be put on hold for the 2008 Olympic Champion, but the talented switch-hitter from Harlesden, London is confident that achieving glory on the world stage isn’t far off. ”My plan was to box for a world title this year but that hasn’t happened so it’s knocked my plans back by six to12 months,” Degale said in a recent interview with The Daily Mail.
On the face of it, James signing with Hennessy seems like a very shrewd move. Mick Hennessy previously guided Carl Froch to world honours in the super-middleweight division before the Nottingham man made the switch over to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport. In addition, with all Mick Hennessy shows being on terrestrial television, it increases the exposure for Degale, not only in the UK, but with Hennessy Sports recently announcing a deal with American TV based network Wealth TV, it means exposure across the Atlantic which he may otherwise not have received.
James will make the second defence of his European strap on October 13th at Glow in Bluewater, Kent, against an opponent to be announced. It will be only his second outing of the year after a successful defence of his title back in April against veteran Italian Cristian Sanavia.
Tickets for the event are priced at £30 and can be purchased online at www.hennessysports.com.