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 Last update:  2/19/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
DeGale: If Groves Beats Froch, We Can Do a Rematch
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While last week's confirmation of Carl Froch's rematch with George Groves was greeted with the fanfare it deserved, James DeGale continued plotting his muted route to a world title.

Seven victims have suffered at the hands of DeGale since he slipped to his only defeat in 18 professional fights, a controversial points loss to Groves in 2011 that he still contests.

The acclaim that accompanied DeGale's Olympic gold medal at Beijing in 2008 vanished completely as Groves boxed his way to victory at the O2 Arena and a series of low-profile outings followed.

Even allowing for a terrestrial presence on Channel 5, DeGale has almost slipped unnoticed into a position that brings him within touching distance of fulfilling his dream of becoming world champion.

Should he dispose of Badou Jack in a WBC sanctioned final eliminator, title holder Sakio Bika awaits.

"It has been very frustrating and that's been the story of my life recently. But that's over now," DeGale told ESPN.

"For the past couple of years I've been saying this is my year, but 2014 has to be my year. Everything is planned out now.

"I've been keeping quiet. A lot of people have been asking where have I been? Why haven't I been out there?

"But it's not felt like my time to run my mouth and be out there.

"But once I get that world title I'll be back and running my mouth.

"Back to the normal James 'Chunky' DeGale, trust me."

Before Badou and potentially Bika can be tackled, DeGale must first dispatch unbeaten Gevorg Khatchikian in another low-key fight in Bristol on March 1.

The City Academy, which is staging the showdown with Khatchikian, is humble at best when compared to the giant sporting arenas such as Wembley and the Emirates Stadium that are being considered for Froch and Groves to relive their epic first battle when they clash for a second time on May 31.

Such analogies mean nothing to DeGale, however, as he considers the possibilities of a year that could finally produce a change in fortunes.

"Potentially there are some crazy fights out there for me over the next 12 months. If everything goes to plan I can get this WBC world title," he said.

"If Groves beats Froch which is a 50-50 fight, then over the next nine to 12 months we can fight again.

"A DeGale-Groves rematch would be humongous, especially if there are a couple of world titles on the line.

"I need to get March 1 out of the way, then I'm boxing for a world title."

Tags: Carl Froch , James DeGale , George Groves , Froch-Groves , Froch vs. Groves


 

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comment by Dirk Diggler UK, on 02-19-2014
[QUOTE=Garcia's Dad]Who has wanted to see that rematch? The Ringside clash was better than the actual fight, which itself happened way too early anyway. Boxing often let's fights marinate too long but this is one of those that really does need to be left alone for a while. They still need to refi...

comment by Beyonce Wilder, on 02-19-2014
[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK]DeGale has been calling for the rematch for 3 years. Warren even appealed to the board of control to order the rematch. Ironic considering all the appeals that Groves has put in to get an immediate rematch with Froch.[/QUOTE] Who has wanted to see that rematch? The Rings...

comment by uncommon, on 02-19-2014
[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke]For sure, Froch is the better win. That's no debatable. I just don't agree that either fighter needs the other at the minute. They've both got their options on the table and their paths planned out. Neither Groves nor DeGale have even had over 20 fights yet. They're still pr...

comment by Box-Office, on 02-19-2014
[QUOTE=CraigM]for the WBC title yeah. If Groves wins this match he won't be WBC champion.[/QUOTE] Well Degale is ranked IBF #5, WBC#2 (behind Chavez Jr which explains it). Also WBO#2. Not ranked by WBA top 15, which is nothing to dwell upon. I understand Groves doesnt become WBC champ, b...

comment by Dirk Diggler UK, on 02-19-2014
[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke]They've both been on very different paths. Aside from the immediate outcry from DeGale he's not really chased the rematch at all. Groves hasn't ducked anything, he's worked his way up to fight for a world title, as James is doing down the WBC route. The rematch will happe...

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