WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale faces late replacement

Last Updated: 04/03/13 4:31pm

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2008 Beijing Olympic champion DeGale

2008 Beijing Olympic champion DeGale

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James DeGale will face a late replacement when he defends his WBC Silver super middleweight title later this month at Glow in Bluewater, Kent.

DeGale was originally due to tackle Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias but due to complications the Olympic gold medallist will now face Alexander Brand instead at the same venue on March 23.

Former WBC Latino champion Brand, who is ranked number 10 by the WBC, fought 437 times as an amateur and lost only 20 bouts before turning pro in 2009.

"Brand is a world class fighter that not only had a brilliant amateur career but also he holds a professional record of 19-1," said DeGale

"But that could have been 20-0 as his only loss was a split decision over eight rounds and I know the feeling losing on a split decision.

"Once I've got passed this Colombian puncher who has 15 knockouts in his 20 fights, I will be sitting down with my promoter Mick Hennessy and looking to the big fights later this year maybe against the winner of Kessler vs. Froch or a rematch against Groves before going after Andre Ward."

Chris Eubank Jnr will have his 10th pro fight on the undercard which also features Tyson Fury's cousin Phill Fury.

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