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 Last update:  12/2/2012       Read more by Kevin Francis         
   
James DeGale Advises UK Olympians To Turn Pro
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By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

JAMES DeGALE has told Team GB’s Olympic stars to hurry up and go pro.

European super-middleweight champion DeGale won gold at the 2008 Olympics and by February the following year was making his punch-for-pay debut.

London 2012 heroes Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and ­Anthony Ogogo have yet to ­announce their future plans.

Joshua won super-heavyweight gold, Campbell stood on top of the podium in the bantamweight ­division and Ogogo won bronze at middleweight.

Others, like welterweight silver medallist Freddie Evans, appear to be staying amateur after ­committing themselves to the new British Lionhearts team in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Joshua has claimed he may ­remain amateur for the WSB, next year’s world amateur championships and even Rio 2016.

But DeGale insists that he and his Olympic team-mates should sign professional deals as soon as possible to ensure they cash in on their summer success.

He said: “I think you have to strike while the iron is hot and they are doing it a touch wrong in my opinion. They are leaving it a bit too late.

“But when you are living a good life, doing something you love, it’s hard to give up.

“The amateur game is not as cut-throat as the professionals and they are with friends, ­training together and enjoying it.

“As a professional your first 10 fights aren’t against top-level ­opposition, but in this new world amateur series you are boxing good amateurs and for good ­money. Maybe they will all stay amateur.

“But I haven’t got any regrets about turning pro. I’m on the right path and getting closer to the world title.”

The Londoner can take a step closer to that world title shot by ­beating Colombian Fulgencio ­Zuniga for the WBC silver super-middleweight belt in Hull next Saturday.

If he overcomes ex-world title challenger ­Zuniga without injury, he will face Italian Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye on January 26.

DeGale said: “This is probably the best boxer I’ve faced so far. He’s boxed for four world titles and at different weight divisions.

“He’s boxed a lot of world ­champions and gone the distance with most of them, so for me to get him on my CV would be a great achievement.

“He’s better than the likes of George Groves – his record speaks for itself.

“He knocked out ex-IBF world super-middleweight champ ­Alejandro Berrio in July and went the distance with Tavoris Cloud for a world title two years ago.

“He only boxed a few weeks ago, when he went the distance with someone who is ranked with all the main governing bodies, so he is going to be in good shape.”

Watch DeGale v Zuniga next Saturday live on Channel 5.

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comment by Gypsy John Fury, on 12-02-2012
No, the guy you're fighting ain't better than Groves!! He lost his last fight too!!

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