James DeGale

Boxing

ByTheMinBoxing

Hello everyone. It's Saturday night so that must mean there is fighting to be done. Thankfully it's being done in a controlled environment in a ring and not down your local pub (it probably is, but you catch my drift). I'm Alistair Sargent and I'm here to bring you all the action as James DeGale returns to the ring after close to a year in injury rehab.

DeGale will headline our card tonight defending his IBF super-middleweight title against Caleb Truax. But plenty to come before then, including another IBF world champion, featherweight Lee Selby who faces Eduardo Ramirez and we'll also see two of the UK's hottest prospects in big punching heavyweight Daniel Dubois and explosive light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde. Lots to enjoy

First bout of the evening will be the scarily destructive 20-year-old heavyweight Daniel Dubois whose victim is the poor Dorian Darch, a former Anthony Joshua punch bag as well. Daniel Dubois has had five pro fights, and they've taken about 15 minutes in total as he has racked up early KO after early KO. The hope tonight is Darch will give him some minutes. I doubt it.

For reference, AJ took 3 minutes 51 seconds to stop Darch in his fourth pro fight in 2014. So clock ticking when Dubois gets in there in a few moments.

Both fighters in the ring. Copperbox Arena in London the host venue, as has become the norm for Frank Warren these days.

I reckon Dubois will beat AJ's time. He's a couple fights further on and Darch is three years older. Under 2 minutes is my prediction. Ref gives his final instructions. Our first bout of James DeGale's homecoming show is off...

10 seconds done 30

50 seconds. Beyond 1 minute!!

Darch has done a reasonable job with his jab to keep Dubois off although the youngster has glanced a few over the top right hands. And a good right to the jaw wobbles Darch as they come out the clinch! Darch holding on! He's down!!

Darch up, seconds before the bell. He sees the end of the round!