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IBO belt up for grabs in all-British showdown

11th February 2019, 16:12 by Craig Smithson

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will now be fighting for the IBO world super middleweight belt in their February 23 showdown.

The British pair are set to go head-to-head at the O2 Arena later this month and, while none of the belts from the four main organisations - WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF - are up for grabs, the less prestigious IBO strap will now be on the line.

Eubank Jr has already held the belt in the past after beating Renold Quinlan in 2017, but defeat to George Groves 12 months ago ended his reign.

Groves subsequently gave up the belt to avoid paying the sanctioning fees and it has remained vacant since.

However, the head of the IBO Ed Levine has revealed that the winner of the bout between Eubank Jr and former IBF champion DeGale will be awarded the title.

He said: "I am very excited for the upcoming IBO World title contest between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.

"I believe this is the most intriguing matchup in the Super Middleweight division at the moment, and I will be delighted to see either one of the fighters emerge as IBO World Champion as they will have earned it the hard way.

"Fights like DeGale and Eubank Jr are the fights that fans want to see, and we want to have contested for IBO titles."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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