Dirrell seeks DeGale rematch

By Neel Khagram

Andre Dirrell has set his sights on a rematch with James DeGale.

The 33-year-old American (25-2-KO16) lost their first encounter for the vacant IBF super middleweight title in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015 but will become mandatory to face ‘Chunky’ if he beats Jose Uzcategui on May 20.

“This fight is a massive step towards my journey to success in 2017,” said Dirrell.

“To me, this is my championship fight leading up to the rematch with the current champion, James DeGale.”

DeGale drew his unification fight with Badou Jack in New York this year and was originally granted more time to face Uzcategui by the IBF, who was mandatory, due to the injuries sustained in Januarys contest.

The governing body has now ruled that Uzcategui must fight Dirrell for the ‘interim’ world title whilst DeGale continues to recover, and the Michigan resident is relishing the opportunity presented to him.

“Jose has all of the tools of a champion, so he’s fierce competition for me,” said Dirrell.

“But I will show the world that I’m up for the task. This is my year.” 

Porter vs Berto: Jermell Charlo ready to defend world title after “best camp” with Errol Spence Jr

By Neel Khagram

Jermell Charlo says training with Errol Spence Jr has taken his preparation to the next level.

The 26-year-old will defend his WBC super welterweight title against Charles Hatley on the Porter-Brook undercard at the Barclays Center in New York, live on Sky Sports, and believes he is sharper than ever after switching trainers and sparring with ‘The Truth’ every day.

“This is one of the best camps I’ve had in my life,” Charlo said.

“I had some training in Los Angeles and then in Dallas with [new coach] Derrick James. We’ve stepped it up in training working every day with Errol Spence.

“This is the strongest and the fastest I’ve ever been.

“My coach has already scripted the way he wants this fight to go. I have to make it happen.”

Spence Jr is currently in camp ahead of his IBF welterweight challenge against Kell Brook at Bramall Lane on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Charlo is relishing the next few weeks for his stable.

“We’ve got our team and I’m happy that my team is in this position,” Charlo said.

“We’re here and we’re not going anywhere.”