News | Mar 30 2016

James DeGale: ‘Above all, I’m in it for the glory’

'Chunky' refuses to take 'Porky' lightly, James DeGale on his next fight
James DeGale
James-DeGale  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

JAMES “CHUNKY” DEGALE’S next defence of his IBF super-middleweight title against Rogelio “Porky” Medina has been confirmed for April 30 at the DC Armory in Washington. DeGale is a clear favourite but said, “I’ve never disrespected an opponent yet in the ring and I’m not going to start now. Medina has a very good record and that means he is as dangerous and the next man. This is boxing and unless you prepare properly you get found out. I’m not going down that avenue. I’m a winner and what I do is get in the ring and win. That’s what Medina is up against – a world champion and a winner.”

James did insist, “I’m too good for him, too fast, too strong, too quick. I’ll beat him and it is just a question of how. I don’t care how it comes as long as I look good and I give the fans what they want, another winning performance and a reminder that I am the best super-middleweight out there operating today.”

“I respect Medina, but I belong in a different level and I will show that on April 30,” he continued, “I’m looking forward to it because this is another chance to show what I can do in America and it is also a mini-tournament. The winner of my fight faces the winner of Badou Jack and Lucian Bute and that means a world unification clash. I want to clean up the division and I have the opportunity to do that.