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DeGale back in action in December

ESPN staff
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James DeGale is fighting again in December © PA Photos
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James DeGale has announced his next professional fight will come against Fulgencio Zuniga on December 8.

DeGale was last in action in October, but will return to the ring against Zuniga - a former IBO world champion - at Hull's Sports Arena in just over a week's time.

"Zuniga is a big test for me as he's only lost to world class opponents in Kelly Pavlik, Lucian Bute and Tavaros Cloud," DeGale said.

"More recently he went 12 rounds with the unbeaten highly world ranked South African, Thomas Oosthuizen, so it shows he is world class and a dangerous opponent."

Promoter Mick Hennessy added: "After Kenny Anderson's team agreeing all terms with us and then pulling out on the fight, I'm pleased and proud to say we've found a better world class opponent who has been very active.

"In only 14 fights for James to be European champion and now fighting for the WBC Silver belt is shows the phenomenal talent he is. Styles makes fights and these two are going to gel to make an explosive encounter."

Zuniga, 35, believes he can win the contest - hoping to measure himself against a former Olympic champion.

"I want to fight James DeGale because it gives me the opportunity to win against an Olympian gold medallist," he said. "I have fought the best in the world but DeGale does not have my experience so I will win this fight.

"He has lost before and so he will lose again to me. I am a pressure fighter and I will fight him and pressure him in the ring until he gives up."

Supporting DeGale on the undercard will be Chris Eubank Jr and Kid Galahad.

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