James DeGale will get a shot at the European super middleweight title in September. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
James DeGale's comeback fight is not going to be a "gimme." The 25-year-old Brit is coming off of his first loss, but will now take on European super middleweight champ Piotr Wilczewski in September. A date and venue will come soon, but a press conference was held today, and the current talk is September 17 in London.
DeGale (10-1, 8 KO) lost a very tight decision to rival George Groves on May 21, and is now hoping to come right back and reach a new peak in his young pro career. Wilczewski (29-1, 10 KO) picked up the vacant European belt on March 4 in Helsinki, stopping Amin Asikainen in the 11th round. Asikainen hadn't exactly been on a roll, but then neither had Wilczewski. Though the Pole's record is nice to look at, it's fairly empty, and DeGale may well be the favorite despite his inexperience and the fact he's coming off of a loss.
"Wilczewski is a tough and dangerous looking kid, he's got a good record, he carries a high world ranking and I reckon he is a much better fighter than Groves."
I reckon he's not, but more importantly it appears that DeGale's still not over the Groves fight, it seems, and he also calls 32-year-old men "kid."
You have to give some credit to Frank Warren here for getting DeGale a fight like this off of the loss, and I think it also says something good about losses not being taken too seriously anymore, especially very competitive, debated losses.