By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
OLYMPIC gold medallist James DeGale tonight aims to show some of our most promising amateurs how it should be done.
DeGale, who will bid to keep his world title ambitions on track against Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull tonight, has been helping amateurs from the Frank Bruno Academy in Kent.
The Beijing 2008 gold medal winner took time off from his build-up to help the likes of Ted Cheeseman, 16, a three-times national junior champion.
Cheeseman went to DeGale’s gym in Essex, and the pro fighter said: “It was great to show him a couple of things as I am determined to put things back into the game.
“He hopefully learnt something and now I aim to show Ted and other amateurs what can be achieved by defeating Zuniga.
“That will push me further up the ladder and give amateur fighters everywhere the hope that they, too, can make it.”
DeGale will follow his bout with Zuniga, 35, for the vacant WBC silver super-middleweight belt by going straight back into training.
He has a January 26 date for the latest defence of his European super-middleweight belt against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye. DeGale said: “It is great for me because, after six months of inactivity, I will have had three fights in five months.
“Now there is talk of me having six fights next year, which is great – the busier I am, the better I will get.”
DeGale has recovered from a knee problem which hampered the preparations for his previous two fights.
In those he stopped Cristian Sanavia in April, then had a points win over Hadillah Mohoumadi in October.
Now he is ready for the challenge of Zuniga, who has KO’d 22 of his 25 victims.
DeGale added: “With his knockout power and experience, he’s the best fighter on my record.
“He is tough and durable and I know that I have got to be switched on and these are the kind of fights I need.”
PREDICTION: Zuniga is a tough puncher but DeGale can wear him down and win around the sixth