Promoter Frank Warren has warned that James DeGale’s European title challenge against Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski is a “make or break fight” for the former Olympic champion.
DeGale will face Wilczewski next month in his first bout since losing the British super-middleweight crown – and his unbeaten record – to fellow west Londoner George Groves.
Wilczewski, who won the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles in March, has lost only once in 30 fights.
DeGale’s defeat against Groves – a bitter rival from the pair’s amateur days – means he badly needs to a victory to get his pursuit of a world title back on track.
“This is a make or break fight for James,” Warren declared.
“He’s now got a big opportunity in front of him and has to go out there and deliver the goods, and show the fans what he can do.”
Since losing to Groves on a split decision, DeGale has insisted he has no plans to replace trainer Jim McDonnell and is set to sign a new three-year deal with Warren.
“He (Warren) brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout to a world title in only three fights, so I know he can do it for me,” said DeGale.