James Degale will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against Caleb Truax on December 9

James Degale to face Caleb Truax on December 9 

James Degale will defend his IBF super-middleweight world title against America’s Caleb Truax in his UK homecoming fight on December 9 in London.

The British fighter has not fought on these shores since November 2014, In that time he has picked up a world title and made three successful defences in North America.

In the co-feature bout, meanwhile, IBF featherweight king Lee Selby will defend his title against unbeaten Mexican Eduardo Ramirez at the Copper Box Arena.

James Degale will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against Caleb Truax on December 9

James Degale will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against Caleb Truax on December 9

The Briton has not fought since his pulsating draw with former 168lb champion Badou Jack

The Briton has not fought since his pulsating draw with former 168lb champion Badou Jack

The packed bill of British boxing next month will also see British prospects including Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde continue their burgeoning careers.

Atop the bill, Degale will face Amercian Truax, a Minnesota native who has lost only three times in his career.

Those defeats have come against elite level fighters in Daniel Jacobs, Jermain Taylor and Dirrell – who surrendered his IBF title to Degale in 2015.

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

Truax has lost only three times, including to former world champion Daniel Jacobs in 2015

Truax has lost only three times, including to former world champion Daniel Jacobs in 2015

Wales' Selby will make the fourth defence of his IBF featherweight crown at the Copper Box

Wales’ Selby will make the fourth defence of his IBF featherweight crown at the Copper Box

‘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 per cent 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 for the fans.’

Truax’s only previous world title challenge ended in a 12-round stoppage defeat by Jacobs, who took Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin the distance earlier this year.

The British fighter, meanwhile, has not fought since his pulsating draw with Badou Jack in January.

Heavyweight Daniel Dubois is one of the unbeaten British prospects who will feature in London

Heavyweight Daniel Dubois is one of the unbeaten British prospects who will feature in London

He has recovered from shoulder surgery and his return to the UK coincides with his first appearance on the new BoxNation/BT Sport platform launched by veteran promoter Frank Warren.

Both DeGale and Selby are free agents managed by US advisor Al Haymon. They have previously worked with rival promoter Eddie Hearn but will headline Warren’s show in London next Monday.

Selby, who has won 25 of his 26 career fights, is on the verge of potential featherweight trilogy with Carl Frampton and mandatory challenger Josh Warrington.

But on December 9, the Welsh fighter will make a voluntary defence of his title against Ramirez, who has won 20 and drawn three fights as a professional.

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