IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale said he plans to return to England for a big campaign in the spring after realizing off Badou Jack
James DeGale is no stranger to prevailing in an adversary backyard. Now the southpaw known as Chunky is looking to play the road warrior once more with his eyes on a exultant homecoming this year.
DeGale, who holds the IBFs version of the super middleweight title, is out to unify loops against the WBC holder Badou Jack in the main event of a stacked card at Brooklyns Barclays Center on 14 January.
The bout will label DeGales fourth successive outing on foreign soil, a lope that has vaulted him from domestic standout to the spire of the super middleweight discord. The first came in 2015, when he outpointed Andre Dirrell in Boston to secure the IBF super middleweight entitlement, stimulating him the first British boxer to acquire both an Olympic gold medal and a world championship. That was followed by decide details acquires against Lucian Bute in Quebec and Rogelio Medina in Washington DC.
I actually like boxing away from dwelling, DeGale said on Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. It takes the pressure off you a little bit. Listen, Im living the American dream. I went to America. Boxing is phenomenal in the Commonwealth. I got a incredible possibility from[ adviser] Al Haymon. But this one is the big one. New York, Barclays Center, mixing the separation. You cant beat it.
The itinerant 30 -year-old said that he conceives a title-unifying triumph against Jack a match that has been in the works for well over a year will set the stage for a massive homecoming contend in England this spring. Thats the program, to go back home, he said.
Touch wood, everything be applicable to schedule, I trounce Badou Jack, then Im going home in May and Im having a big fight at home. Everyones calling for the champ to come home. Thats next in line.
But the charismatic Londoner refuses to overlook Jack, the Stockholm native and Las Vegas transplant who disturb Anthony Dirrell for the WBC super middleweight name in 2015 and has since retained it with a split-decision win against George Groves and a contentious majority glean against Bute. On Wednesday, DeGale offered a dispassionate if sometimes backhanded evaluation of Jacks skills.
Hes fairly basic but hes good at everything, said DeGale, whom the bookmakers have installed as favourite. Hes a basic soldier, truly, but hes good at everything he does. He aint got no special effects , good-for-nothing fancy. Everythings just straightforward but very, very good. And in the ring I can imagine it to be very hard when youre standing in front of him, because hes very technical and hes got a good jab. He labor their own bodies well, got a good defence.
DeGale, who is near the end of a 10 -week training camp in preparation for the contest, imagines his superhighway substantiate has built up apprehension for a homecoming fight.
Ive become a bit more exclusive because I aint been at home. Parties cant wait for me to come back home, certainly, with my regions. What Ive done in America over the past time and a half has been really good. Im proud of myself. But Im looking forward to coming home and boxing in front of my own beings, because the atmosphere is second to none. Youve got the best devotees in the world.
Should DeGale get through next Saturdays challenge and emerge as the No1 name in the super middleweight department, there were will be no shortfall of options. That could include, DeGale held, a showdown with Andre Ward, the longtime 168 lb champion who in November won the unified light-footed heavyweight designation from Sergey Kovalev by a razor-thin decision.
I miss the most difficult campaigns, the most difficult probabilities, the biggest coin. All the deeds. Thats what I want, DeGale said. I come through this, Im willing to fight anyone, including Andre Ward. The weight is no problem. I want to be challenged. I want to be in the fights where Im the underdog for once.
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