Advertisement
Advertisement

DeGale Ready For Denmark Defense, Hungers For Groves

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

JAMES DeGALE is “relaxed and comfortable” ahead of the first defence of his European title tonight.

Any thoughts of an easy bout in his own backyard disappeared when Italian promoters won the purse bids for the fight.

He now meets Italian Cristian Sanavia, 37, in Denmark, but super-middleweight DeGale, who has lost just one of his 12 professional ­contests, isn’t worried at all about fighting away from home.

His trainer Jim McDonnell said: “From the age of 10, James has boxed more away from home than he has at home.

“He’s boxed all over the world. I’ve never seen anybody so ­comfortable with going abroad. It never troubled him as an amateur and it doesn’t worry him now.

“He can’t wait for it and is ­really looking forward to getting in that ring.”

DeGale, 26, said: “Whether it’s in my front room or in China, a ring is a ring. It doesn’t bother me.”

DeGale wants tonight’s fight against Sanavia (45-5-1) to be a stepping stone towards a rematch with bitter rival George Groves.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist was beaten by his fellow Londoner on points last May.

DeGale bounced back to snatch the European super-middleweight title last October, but was pushed all the way by Piotr Wilczewski.

Meanwhile, British and Commonwealth champ Groves has pulled out of his WBO title challenge against Robert Stieglitz on May 5.

And DeGale hopes another fight with his unbeaten domestic rival will soon be on the cards.

He said: “A rematch would be massive in Britain for whatever ­title. It’s a genuine needle fight.”

But for that bout to move closer, DeGale must first of all see off the challenge of the experienced ­Sanavia.

McDonnell said of the former WBC champion: “You can’t underestimate him. There is pedigree there and he is very strong.”

DeGale says he has taken a step back in time in order to try and improve his victory chances in the ring.

He added: “I’ve been working with different sparring partners in the last few months and I’ve gone back to how I used to box, which is how I won the gold medal.

“I’ve tried to mix it too much in recent fights and tried to entertain too much. But I don’t have to do that. First and foremost, I have to make sure I win.

“I’ve gone back to boxing with a tight guard and there won’t be many people who can beat me like that. I’m going back to the old James DeGale, who won the ­Olympic gold medal.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 04-22-2012

first of all, he never "took a step back" he was forced back by defeat and gob. second, why is he still being trained by this idiot who should be working in a fast food restuarant for amateurs? third, he…

Comment by Clegg on 04-21-2012

Not sure that I'd agree about him mixing it up too much. Against Groves I thought he looked uncomfortable having to fight as the aggressor, so if anything that's something for him to focus on rather than avoid, at least…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder Jonas Sultan Retains His RP Championship With KO in Five Rounds Photos: Verdejo, Diaz Open Workouts Before HUGE Bronx Crowd Roach: Floyd Mayweather Asked Me To Train Conor McGregor Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Beats Down Kai Kurzawa For TKO Win Ricky Burns Becomes Three Division Champion, Stops Di Rocco in 8 Nurse Pounds on Limond For TKO Win, Retains British Title WADA To Meet With AIBA, Shocking Allegations Over Drug Testing Conor Benn Wins In Glasgow, Returns on Joshua-Breazeale McCarthy Beats Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Must Face Askin Next Povetkin Questions Whether Wilder Actually Intended To Fight Him Burns-Di Rocco: Ogogo Wins On Return Mosley: They Said I Was Done, I'm Going To Annihilate Avanesyan! Ricky Burns: I Feel I Definitely Have Another Few Years in Me Donnie Nietes Drops, Punishes and Stops Raul Garcia Photos: Lucian Bute Holds Presser, Maintains His Innocence Cecilia Braekhus is Hoping To Stage Title Defense in Norway DiBella: Haye's Last Bout Hard To Watch, Not in Running For Wilder Avanesyan Tabs Thurman To Beat Porter, Ready For Mosley Weights From Liverpool: Bellew 199.1; Makabu 196.8 Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Would Drill Pacquiao Worse Than Khan! Lara's Trainer: Golovkin Should Want To Test Himself Against Lara Frank Warren: Kell Brook Wanted No Part of Liam Smith Hearn: Ricky Burns' Last Chance To Win Gold, a 50-50 Fight Tony Bellew Smiles: I Was Always a Rebellious Little F***er! Hearn Wants Parker To Get UK Exposure To Build Joshua Bout Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Marquez Injured, Stops Training - But Still Has Eye on Miguel Cotto Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot? Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement