By Edward Chaykovsky
British super middleweight James DeGale (10-1, 8KOs) is still trying to recover from suffering the first defeat of his pro career. A few weeks ago DeGale dropped a close twelve round majority decision to his domestic rival George Groves. In the post-fight, DeGale and his promoter Frank Warren were quickly pushing the subject of an immediate rematch. Groves has other ideas for his career and DeGale has doubts about the two of them ever meeting up in the ring.
"They're not going to fight me again. He's boxed out of his skin, he got the win, he ain't going to box me again is he? I heard him say down the line we can box again but he knows he ain't going to. If it was me, and people were saying it was that close a fight, I would fight him. I would do it. But we are two different people and we're on two different journeys now," DeGale told Sky Sports.
DeGale's trainer, Jim McDonnell, has been the target of many critics. They feel the trainer didn't push DeGale enough in the late rounds or helped him make the proper adjustments when their game plan fell apart. DeGale doesn't plan on parting ways with McDonnell. The young boxer is going to return in September with McDonnell working the corner.
"Why am I going to change my trainer? If I didn't have Jim I wouldn't have been in the situation to start with. Look at the transformation I've made from my first fight to this fight; it's gone onwards and upwards, I've just got better and better. But yeah, a lot of people were calling on me to change my trainer and I had also had lot of calls from other trainers. But no, I'm not changing anything," DeGale said.
"Maybe there could've been a tiny bit more urgency in the corner, a tiny bit... but then Jim did that in the sixth. Apart from that, training went great, he's a fantastic conditioner and technique-wise he's unbelievable - people don't realise how good he is. Why would I change something that's not broken? Who else is there better than Jim McDonnell? No-one."