The 29-year-old claimed the IBF strap back in May, defeating American Andre Dirrell on points to become the first British fighter to add a world professional title to an Olympic gold medal, which he achieved in Beijing in 2008. He will, however, face a major examination of his credentials as a champion when he faces Bute, who held the IBF title for five years before losing to Carl Froch in May 2012 via a devastating TKO.
DeGale admits it will be a supreme test, which will be live on Sky, but one he believes he can win.
“Bute is a world class, elite-level fighter who kept his world title for five years,” he said.
“Anyone who can do that deserves some serious respect. I’m the champion and he will be very fired up trying to win back his old title, but I’m too young, too fast, too skilful to let that happen.” — Sportinglife