Super hyped British prospect James DeGale will make his pro debut on February 28 in Birmingham against Vepkhia Tchilaia (9-8, 5 KO). DeGale took the middleweight gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also won the bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as well as silvers in the 2007 and 2008 European Amateur Championships.
Former super middleweight titlist Anthony Mundine has moved down to middleweight, won a couple of gimme fights, and now is calling out Felix Sturm. Mundine is on a 12-fight winning streak since getting smashed by Mikkel Kessler in 2005, the most impressive of those wins against longtime rival Danny Green, which is not great praise for Green but more a knock on Mundine's record. Green also recently unretired so he can fight Mundine again, which was offered last year but Green turned it down then. That fight would likely have to come at 175 pounds, maybe 170 at the lightest, and now Mundine is busy at 160. So Green either unretired for nothing or Mundine will go back up in weight to fight a guy he already beat because it's a payday in Australia, Woopty doo.
Clinton Woods says if he doesn't beat Elvir Muriqi on Saturday, he'll retire. Woods (41-4-1, 24 KO) will face Muriqi (35-4, 22 KO) on the Channel Islands. Both lost to Antonio Tarver in recent years, but Muriqi gave the much better performance, which says a lot about where Woods might be at. For all my dissing of Tarver, he outclassed Woods awful last April, which was the last time Clinton fought. There's a real chance he'll lose to Muriqi. Woods, great guy he is, is just not that good.
Sergio Martinez said in an ESPN chat yesterday that he'd like to fight Paul Williams, and said his fight with Cintron will not go the distance. He also passed on offering an opinion on the current Margarito situation.
Dan Rafael reports that HBO has sent out feelers to Devon Alexander to gauge his interest in fighting Mike Alvarado on the Lopez-Penalosa undercard in April. That's an interesting proposition.
Former junior middleweight titlist Jose Antonio Rivera is attempting to go into law enforcement.