James DeGale is out of Friday's card, which has been moved to January 27. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
James DeGale has pulled out of his scheduled Friday bout with Spain's Jose Maria Guerrero, and the entire Liverpool card has been postponed until January 27, according to a report at ESPN UK.
The card was originally conceived as a double main event, with DeGale (11-1, 8 KO) and George Groves (14-0, 11 KO) both in action. Neither were going to be matched tough, but when Groves pulled out with a hand injury in late November, the card lost some steam.
DeGale vs Guerrero was then positioned as the sole headlining fight, with Billy Joe Saunders also scheduled to be in action. No word as to how many tickets were actually sold, but there is some speculation that the card is being moved simply because it hadn't turned out to be a hot ticket.
There is also no indication that Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KO) will remain DeGale's opponent on the new date. DeGale holds the European super middleweight title, which was not due to be up for grabs in this fight, and was supposed to fight Italy's Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1, 13 KO) in February. It's very possible that DeGale simply faces Sanavia on January 27, as he is mandatory challenger for the European strap.
DeGale last fought on October 15, winning the European title from Piotr Wilczewski via majority decision.