Fight Night

The all-British grudge match will take place in London and we’ll be bringing you exclusive coverage of the night’s action

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will contest their eagerly awaited grudge match next weekend as the British rivals face off in London for the vacant IBO super-middleweight title.

There has been plenty of bad blood between the pair over recent years and the fight – which will be live on talkSPORT – will take place against a backdrop of hostility amid their mutual dislike for one another.

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: UK date, start time, full undercard

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: UK date, start time, full undercard

DeGale said of his opponent recently: “I believe he doesn’t have the pedigree, the size and skill to beat me. Every time he has stepped up he has been found out.

And Eubank Jr responded in kind, saying: “DeGale is going to get the schooling of his career, a good old-fashioned hiding.”

They are now ready to settle their feud inside the ring in what will be one of 2019’s biggest bouts.

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: UK date

The fight will take place on Saturday, February 23 and will be held at the O2 Arena in London.

It will be DeGale’s first fight at The O2 since his defeat to George Groves in May 2011 while Eubank Jr has won on each of his three visits to the London arena.

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr go head-to-head on February 23

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr go head-to-head on February 23

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: UK main event start time

The big fight should get underway at around 10pm but it will depend on the undercard results.

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: Full undercard

A full undercard is yet to be announced but heavyweights Joe Joyce and Bermane Stiverne will go head-to-head as will Lee Selby and Omar Douglas in the lightweight division.

Details of the night’s other bouts will follow.

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr go head-to-head on February 23

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr go head-to-head on February 23

James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: What the fighters have said

James DeGale: “By knockout or points, either way I’m leaving the ring the winner.

“Having the London skyline as the backdrop is entirely appropriate – I’m aiming for the stars, but first I aim to conquer Chris Eubank Jr at The O2.”

Chris Eubank Jr: “I’m right at the top of my game – and I want the city to shake with the impact of my punches.

“The only view that’s going to stick in his mind is looking up at me from the canvas after I lay him out.”

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