James DeGale expects to face George Groves again, but not this year

PUBLISHED: 12:06 11 April 2013

James DeGale

James DeGale

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James DeGale is confident of a rematch with fierce rival George Groves – but admits it is unlikely to take place in the next year.

DeGale lost the British super-middleweight title to his former Dale Youth ABC colleague in a controversial fight two years ago, and there has been talk of a second meeting ever since.

The protracted split between DeGale and Frank Warren made a rematch less likely as long as Groves remained with the same promoter, but that situation changed last month when the Hammersmith man joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable instead.

DeGale, who now boxes under Mick Hennessy’s promotional banner, told the Times: “I think eventually that fight will definitely come off.

“It’s one of those fights people want to see again because it was so controversial and there’s such a grudge there. It may not be in the next 12 months, but eventually me and him will fight again.”

The 27-year-old from Harlesden has not yet been in the ring so far this year after his WBC silver championship defence against Alexander Brand in March was called off at short notice.

DeGale hopes to announce details of his next bout in the coming days, while Groves, the Commonwealth champion, is due to fight in May at the O2 Arena, on the undercard of the world title contest between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler.

Both fighters have made it clear that they are aiming to challenge for a world championship at some stage this year.

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