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James DeGale v Caleb Truax and Lee Selby v Eduardo Ramirez to headline BT Sport's huge Copper Box show

Two of the best boxers in Britain will put their world titles on the line on December 9, with all the action live on BT Sport.

BOXING 15/11/17 09:41
James DeGale, Frank Warren and Lee Selby

James DeGale will face American Caleb Truax when he co-headlines a bumper night of boxing on BT Sport.

The IBF super-middleweight world champion will make the fourth defence of his title at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday, December 9.

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On the same night Lee Selby will defend his IBF world featherweight title against undefeated Mexican Eduardo Ramirez.

Hard-hitting Anthony Yard and heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois will also feature on the undercard of the show, which promises to be one of boxing highlights of the year.

All the action is live on BT Sport 1, while live streaming will also be available via BTSport.com and the award-winning BT Sport App.

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James DeGale v Caleb Truax

Road-warrior DeGale underwent surgery on his right shoulder in June and is now fit to defend his world title on home soil for the first time.

Truax, a native of Osseo, Minnesota, has mixed it with world class operators such as Anthony Dirrell and Danny Jacob and should provide the Londoner with a tough test as he returns to full fitness.

‘Golden’ got his first shot at a world title when he faced 160-pound champion Jacobs in Chicago in April 2015. He gave Jacobs all he could handle before being stopped in the 12th round.

“Truax is a good solid fighter with a top pedigree,” said DeGale. “He’s been in with some quality opponents like Daniel Jacobs, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell.

“He’ll be fighting away from home so he’s going to bring it on and try to take my World title, but I’m the best Super-Middleweight in the world and I’m going into the ring full of confidence and 100 percent fit.

“I’ve not boxed in London for a few years so I can’t wait to make my return to the ring and soak up the atmosphere from the crowd and put on great show.”

Lee Selby v Eduardo Ramirez

Victory for Selby will set-up a blockbuster showdown with long-term rival and mandatory challenger Josh Warrington in 2018.
Since winning his IBF crown against Evgeny Gradovich in May 2015, the Welshman has made three successful defences and is aiming to steal the show against the unbeaten Ramirez.

“Ramirez is a very good unbeaten fighter and he comes from a good stable,” said Selby. “He’s trained by Fernando Montiel’s brother, Fernando was a former challenger of mine and his brother is a very experienced coach.

“He has a decent ranking with the IBF and you don’t get there by accident, he’s worked his way into the mix and he’s going to give me a tough test. He’s a southpaw which is another challenge for myself.

“There’s a lot of pressure on this fight, one loss will mess up my whole career. There’s massive fights to be made against Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton next year so it’s vital that I come through this fight.

“This show has everything, you have two of the best technical boxers in the country in myself and DeGale, and then you have two of the best prospects in the country in Yarde and Dubois. I’m proud and honoured to be a part of this bill.”

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No problem.  We’ll be making completely free clips and highlights available right here on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

There will also be several full re-runs of the fight night on our linear coverage – consult our TV Guide for further information.

Subscribers can also access the full card without finding out the results on our new spoiler free page. The show will be uploaded as soon as possible after the end of boxing.

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