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DeGale returns to make title defence

PUBLISHED: 16:46 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 10 October 2013

James DeGale

James DeGale

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James DeGale will defend his WBC silver super-middleweight title next month.

The Olympic gold medallist, from Harlesden, will defend his crown at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday November 16.

His opponent is due to be named shortly and DeGale said he was looking forward to delivering a ‘devastating’ display as he seeks to step up a level and a potential fight against either Carl Froch or George Groves.

“I can’t wait to get in there and put on the kind of display where people take note and see that I’m ready and willing to fight the best,” DeGale said. “I’ll put on a great performance for the fans.”

DeGale, known as ‘Chunky’ by his fans, is bidding to add to his 2008 Olympic gold medal by becoming Britain’s first Olympic and professional world champion.

It will be DeGale’s third fight of 2013 after confident stoppage victories over Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic in his last fight at Bluewater, and comes as the super-middleweight division hots up.

“When you look at the super middleweight division, it really is a great time, as there are no easy fights, no easy world champions,” DeGale said.

“You’d have to say Andre Ward is number one and then you’d probably have to say it’s Carl Froch, but when you look at the list of other fighters in the division, the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Thomas Oosthuizen, Lucian Buté, George Groves, I think it’s very difficult to say who number three is, who number four is.

“It’s a really strong division with a lot of talented fighters and I’d say I’m inside the top 10 and very excited to mix it with the best and show everything I’ve got.”

One fight at the forefront of James’s mind is the domestic fight between WBA and IBF world champion Froch and title challenger Groves.

“I look at the Froch v Groves fight and I know that in the next six months it’s likely that I’ll fight the winner of that one, so it really is exciting times,” DeGale said.


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