Feature | Dec 05 2017

James DeGale: ‘I am the number one in the super-middleweight division’

James DeGale compares his track record with old rival George Groves, writes John Dennen
James DeGale
James DeGale Media Work-Out  |  Action Images/Reuters/John Sibley

WHILE George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr are enjoying the limelight in the boxing world ahead of their WBA super-middleweight world title fight in February, James DeGale defends his IBF 168lbs crown against Caleb Truax on Saturday (December 9).

DeGale insists that he is the best fighter in his weight class. “I am the recognised number one in the super-middleweight division. I know [Groves] is saying that it is him who is number one but that is all good to me,” he declared. “Bollocks. It’s all talk. I heard an interview with him the other day and he said he’s the number one in the world. How does he justify that? Who has he boxed? He beat [Fedor] Chudinov for the world title, before that he beat [Martin] Murray, good fighter, and [David] Brophy. How does he justify he is number one? I beat Andre Dirrell for my world title, he was 24-1 when I beat him, only loss against [Carl] Froch. Then I went to Canada and beat [Lucien] Bute who was a five-year world champion, then I mash up [Porky] Medina who was my mandatory, then I unified with Badou Jack [a draw]. Does anyone think he is number one?

“I do actually think I’ve got something to prove, and that I’m still number one. But as I say, my record speaks for itself and I will keep working hard, keeping winning and winning titles then it will just cement it itself.”