IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) is still itching for a rematch with Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs).
The two collided in January, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in a very anticipated unification. At the time Jack was the WBC champion at 168.
Jack went down in the first round, and DeGale went down in the twelfth. The fight closed in a twelve round draw, with two judges scoring the bout even and the third 114-112 for Jack.
After that match, Jack vacated his title and moved up to the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds.
He made his debut at the new weight in September, by stopped Nathan Cleverly for the vacant WBA title - which Jack has since vacated to pursue other opportunities in the division.
DeGale suffered several injuries in the contest with Jack, and says there were several pre-fight injuries that affected him in the contest.
He feel frustrated, because he claims to have been far below 100%, physically, when he fought Jack.
"Badou Jack, that’s the fight that I really want because I don’t think Badou Jack is in my class at all. I know he’s a good world class fighter, but I just think styles make fights, and I don’t think on my game when I’m fully fit, I don’t think he beats me. It’s frustrating that I made him look so good, I made him look like a world beater. It was a bit of a controversial end to the fight but a lot of people thought I won and a lot thought he won. So, I see no reason why we shouldn’t get in the ring again," DeGale told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
And DeGale is willing to do the rematch at 175, because Jack is no longer capable of making the super middleweight limit. But also admits that he's got numerous opportunities to explore on home soil in the UK.
"If that fight happens, I’d probably have to go up in weight because I think he struggles to make 168lbs and I don’t think he’s coming back down, so I’d have to come up. There’s a lot of fights out there for me, obviously Great Britain has a lot of domestic fight, big fights, huge fights. There’s George Groves, Eubank Jr, Callum Smith," DeGale said.