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2011 will be a big year for DeGale

Is British champ set to meet biggest rival?

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

James DeGale

I can’t wait for the boxing scene to get up and running again in 2011 following a thoroughly stunning year in which British fighters have seen their stock rise to unfathomable heights.
This year we have seen Amir Khan defend his WBA light-welterweight title, we have seen David Haye become the biggest draw in the heavyweight division following his performances to win the WBA heavyweight title and we have seen the emergence of the likes of James DeGale and George Groves in the super-middleweight division – and those two are on a collision course for a fight in the next year.
We have also seen Ricky Burns win a world title whilst Carl Froch regained his super-middleweight crown with a stunning display. All in all it’s been a great year for British boxing.
The man who I’m keen to see kick on is DeGale. Although I would like to see him and George Groves fight and I’d like to see Groves win that, I think DeGale is destined for something special.
His demolition of Paul Smith recently was a masterclass from a guy who has only fought eight professional bouts. The Londoner has the chance to be one of the all-time greats in his division, one of the fiercest weight-classes out there at present.
He is blessed with speed, with skill and with a great boxing know-how as well as a unbelievable belief in his own ability.
This combination of factors will be daunting for those he comes up against.
Whilst the likes of Khan and Haye will be fighting the big fights next year, hopefully successfully, it will be a year where DeGale has to come of age and show that he has the desire to make it to the top.
A fight with Groves for the Commonwealth title seems to be the next logical step for both fighters – and that contest would have an air of the days when Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn went toe-to-toe.
It is a fight all British boxing fans want to see as both claim to be the next big thing in their weight division. And it will definitely be a glorious rivalry, a rivalry that is already bursting at the seams after Groves beat DeGale in the amateurs. Both fighters have called for it to happen in 2010 but unfortunately the promoters couldn’t agree a deal.
But with Groves now the mandatory challenger for the British title, surely it has to happen in the early part of next year? That would be a great gift for all fight fans countrywide.

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