DeGale: I Can't Stand Groves, But Froch is Easier Fight

By Frank Wiechula, courtesy of The Daily Star

JAMES DeGALE is banking on a Wembley win double in the next fortnight - his beloved Arsenal lifting the FA Cup and him punching his way to a huge British world title showdown.

The Harlesden boxer is certain the Gunners will fulfil the first part by beating Hull on Saturday and he aims to clinch the second by defeating Brandon Gonzales on the undercard of the Carl Froch/George Groves super-middleweight megafight.

Victory in that IBF final eliminator will guarantee DeGale meeting the winner - and potential revenge over former victor Groves - and the "die-hard Gooner" just cannot wait.

The 28-year-old said: "Arsenal are my team and haven't won anything for a few years, it's crazy. And I've had a bit of a quiet time in the past, but that's all about to change.

"That's because they're definitely going to win the FA Cup and I'm about to box and win in a final eliminator to face the winner of Froch and Groves. It's a lovely double for me.

"I was at the semi-final at Wembley against Wigan but I won't be going to the Final, it's a sacrifice I have to make. It's too close to the fight and I'll be training that day, although I'll watch it on the box."

DeGale, whose cousin is former QPR player Lee Cook, will be cheered on against Gonzales at Wembley by the watching England's World Cup squad.

He said: "I was with the England physio Gary Lewin the other day - he's helped me so much with injury in the past.

"He said all the England team will be there. Some will be ringside and the others in a Wembley box.

"I'm feeling good and I just can't wait to box at such an iconic venue. I'm coming home. I can see Wembley Stadium, the arch, from my house."

The feelgood factor for Degale since he joined promoter Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable last month has been immense.

He said: "A couple of months back I was in a difficult situation and there was a period where I was thinking 'I'm going to give up'.

"I was horrible to be around, always moaning, depressed.

"Then my mum said to me 'Stop being stupid, everything's going to work out right', and I just clicked out of it. Now I'm just a whole new person, loving life and loving boxing."

DeGale still hates Groves though.

He said: "I can't stand the guy and he can't stand me. He thinks he is someone he's not, and all this mind games, he's a weird character.

"Who do I want to win? I don't care. Froch would be the easier fight, but whenever I fight Groves that's a massive fight, that would sell out wherever. I can't afford to take my eyes off Gonzales and I won't."

Meanwhile, Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew are on course for a November rematch in Liverpool.

Welshman Cleverly beat Liverpudlian Bellew in 2011 in a light-heavyweight world title clash, but the bad blood between the pair has ensured they will meet again.

Both have since moved up to cruiserweight, with Cleverly making his debut in the division on Saturday night in Cardiff against Sean Corbin.

They will both fight again in July on the same bill, and providing they both come through unscathed they will face each other in Liverpool's Echo Arena in November.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Resilient on 05-17-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14560371]If he beats Groves and DeGale, it should finally sink in.[/QUOTE] He won't...

Comment by komodo on 05-17-2014

On a more positive note we'll get to see Froch knock this guy spark out if he gets passed Groves.

Comment by Chrismart on 05-17-2014

Froch would walk DeGale down and stop him.

Comment by petero on 05-17-2014

De Gale doesn't stand a chance against either. He's a lackluster B grade fighter at best. That gold medal won't help him in the pro ranks so take your beating and cash your check.

Comment by alexguiness on 05-17-2014

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;14560356]I agree I think Froch would stop DeGale. The way he puts himself on the ropes is suicidal. The Bika fight was mooted for James too. That would be messy.[/QUOTE] Agree 100%. Degale is almost tailor made for Froch to…

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