News | Feb 13 2019

James DeGale: ‘Eubank Jnr can mix it with the big boys but he cannot beat them’

Chris Eubank Jnr was never a world champion, James DeGale points out
James DeGale
BOXING  |  Lawrence Lustig

AN IBO belt might be available when James DeGale boxes Chris Eubank Jnr at the O2 on February 23, but DeGale, a former IBF champion twice over, himself remains unimpressed with the trinket.

“The IBO title might be on the line but, no disrespect, it is not what I am in this fight for. For me it is not recognised as one of the four major world titles,” he said.

He scoffed at Eubank Jnr, who has held the belt before. “Chris was very deluded when it came to carrying that belt around and calling himself a world champion,” DeGale said. “He was parading it around like he was the super-middleweight champion of the world, he is mad.