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James DeGale returns on March 23rd against Pablo Farias

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JAMES DeGALE'S bid to land a world title shot by the end of the year rests on how he handles Pablo Farias in his next bout.

Former British title-holder DeGale, faces Argentine Farias at Glow in Bluewater, Kent, on March 23.

Farias has two losses on his record - one a disqualification and the other to current WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham.

DeGale's promoter Mick Hennessy said: "this is the year when James will be chasing the big names like Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler.

"Froch knows what it's like to be avoided because he could never get his dream fight against Joe Calzaghe before he retired.

"We are hoping he won't do to James what Joe did to him. It's a big year for him.

"By the end of this year, we are looking to become the mandatory challenger for WBC world champion Andre Ward."

DeGale's last outing saw him pick up the vacant WBC Silver title with a unanimous decision over Fulgencio Zuniga.
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