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DeGale on course to settle score
Chunky keen to settle score before worrying about world title
Posted Apr 24, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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“Chunky” James DeGale says that despite being offered a shot at a world title belt, he is still on course and ready for his time in the ring with arch-nemesis George Groves which has been set for 21st May.
DeGale had this to say… “There is no way that George Groves will be an undefeated fighter on May 22nd”
Nicknamed Chunky, De Gale, the British super-middleweight champion will take on Groves who holds the Commonwealth belt in a bid to settle a score which dates all the way back to their days as amateurs.
The reason behind the rivalry stems from when Groves was awarded a fight from their early years and DeGale is eager to prove a point – the build-up has seen a fierce battle of words between the two, making the fight all the more eagerly anticipated.
Despite Groves beating DeGale in the early stages of their careers, DeGale is actually the more successful and is not only an Olympic champion but has also joined the paid ranks of the pro boxers as well as recently being offered a world title fight – thought to be against Robert Stieglitz who holds the WBO belt.
That being said, DeGale seems keen to rid this ghost from his past that haunts him before he turns his attention to world title fights.
Frank Warren, the legendary boxing promoter, said he is promoting the show which will be held at the O2 and says that bears all the hallmarks of a classic because of the dislike between the pair.
He was quick to point out thought that as DeGale’s manager he was also determined to keep the fighter focused towards bigger goals like world titles and the fact that he has had an offer to go abroad and fight is a positive step.
Warren seems to understand the importance of the expression ‘bigger fish to fry’ but DeGale seems keen to see off Groves saying that he is confident he will win a world title at some point in the near future anyway.
Seems to me like a brawler hell bent on revenge rather than a professional athlete looking to advance his career. Don’t get me wrong though because I think the DeGale Groves spectacle will be superb but I personally would love to see DeGale fight for a world title too.