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.”
By Neel Khagram @behindthefight