James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will clash at London's O2 on 23 February in the first major UK event of the new deal between ITV and Haymon Sports' Premier Boxing Champions, it has been announced.
The Super Middleweight match, to be screened exclusively live on ITV Box Office, will take place against a backdrop of hostility between two fighters who have long made no secret of their mutual dislike and are relishing the prospect of settling their differences in the ring
James DeGale has already fired off an opening shot in the direction of his opponent.
He said: "Really excited and looking forward to being back home to a fight of this magnitude.
"I believe Eubank doesn't have the pedigree, the size and skill to beat me.
"Eubank is a decent fighter but every time he has stepped up he has been found out. He has called my name for a long time so now I've finally got my chance to zip his lips."
Eubank Jr responded in kind, saying: "DeGale is going to get the schooling of his career. A good old-fashioned hiding."