By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
JAMES DEGALE hopes his return to terrestrial TV tonight will make him a small screen sensation.
European super-middleweight champion DeGale’s title defence against French No.1 Hadiliah Mohoumadi will be screened live on Channel 5.
And he believes that will give his image just the boost it needs.
He said: “Hopefully my profile will go right through the roof.”
DeGale, 26, will be making his debut for new promoter Mick Hennessy at Bluewater in Kent.
And he’s relishing the chance to shine, saying: “Everything is fine for me now – hopefully I can make a successful defence.”
He said of Mohoumadi: “He is tough, strong and athletic. He’s had nine knockouts from 13 wins, so I’m certainly not expecting a walkover.
“I’ve had some hard sparring recently and I’ve been practising a few things. Now I’m feeling sharp and switched on and I’ll be ready for whatever happens.”
DeGale has had just one outing since he seized the European belt from Piotr Wilczewski almost a year ago.
That was a defence against Cristian Sanavia but he is looking to be a lot busier over the next year.
He said: “Next year I want to do five fights, easily, then I believe I’ll be boxing for a world title.
“This time next year I’ll be a world champion or on the verge of it.
“I’m ranked in the world’s top 10 with three of the governing bodies and Mick Hennessy has got a plan for me that by next year I will be boxing for a world title.
“I have to be more active. I’m ranked in the world’s top 10 with three of the governing bodies.”
DeGale has designs on climbing into the ring against Nottingham’s IBF world champion Carl Froch for a domestic dust-up next year.
He said: “Carl Froch is a great fighter and a road warrior who I really like watching. Fighting him next year for a world title would be a fantastic fight for Britain.
“I would box anyone at four weeks’ notice for the world title but really I need a few more fights to get back into the swing of it before I take on the likes of Froch.”
PREDICTION: DeGale will wear Mohoumadi down and win around the sixth.