James Degale vs Stjepan Bozic preview

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By Paul Webb

Olympic gold medalist James Degale (15-1 10ko’s) continues his journey to a world title shot when he takes on Croatian Stjepan Bozic (26-6 17kos) in the first defence of his WBC Silver super middleweight title, the vacant belt which he won by a wide points decision against Fulgencio Zuniga back in August last year.

Bozic has been in the ring with the likes of Arthur Abraham, Dimitri Sartison and Vitaliy Tsypko but has lost whenever he has stepped up a level including the three fighters named and at 38 years old he shouldn’t have much left for Degale to worry about. He comes in to the fight on a two fight winning streak but his opponents had a combined record of 19 wins with 28 losses hardly the ideal preparation for someone of Degale’s ability.

Degale suffered his only career loss against long time rival George Groves and that took a lot of the momentum away from him and the public focus was now on Groves who had signed a deal with Matchroom and has been fighting on huge cards like Froch Kessler and headlining his own bill against former world champion Glen Johnson. Whilst Glow at Bluewater in Kent is certainly no sold out O2 arena the show is being broadcast on terrestrial TV on Channel 5 which will give him a great opportunity to show case his skills and possibly line up a world title eliminator later in the year.

Hennessy promotions have lined up a fantastic looking undercard featuring the best talent in their stable of fighters.

Kid Galahad (13-0 6kos) will take on Ghana’s Isaac Nettey (21-8 11kos) at just 23 years old the Sheffield based super bantamweight already holds wins against experienced Jason Booth and Josh Wale. This will be his first outing this year and he will need to keep busy to progress up the rankings.

Chris Eubank jr (9-0 4kos) will be fighting Tyan Booth (11-9 2kos) who in his last fight lost a narrow decision to Nav Mansouri, this will be a tough test for Eubank who has looked impressive in wins against Bradley Pryce and will be looking to put on a similar performance against Booth.

Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury (4-0 3kos) has already fought in Canada, USA, Romania and Northern Ireland will be making his English debut against a yet to be named opponent. The cousin of Tyson Fury has 2 more fights scheduled in the next month as he looks to build his record and get as much ring experience as possible

Tickets are available from www.hennessysports.com priced from £39- £135 including fees)

The show will be live on Channel 5 on the 8th June

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