James DeGale wants to fight Badou Jack in April

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James DeGale tells George Gigney that Jack is his main target

IBF world super-middleweight champion James DeGale insists a unification fight with WBC champion Badou Jack is his main priority.

DeGale outpointed former titleholder Lucian Bute in Canada last month after winning the vacant title against Andre Dirrell in May.

Now signed with Al Haymon, DeGale wants the ‘big money’ fights and feels a showdown with Jack is one of the biggest out there.

“Badou Jack, Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, these are the names I’m looking at but I’ll fight anyone,” he told Boxing News.

“We’re looking for me to be out again in April. Badou Jack is top of the list though. Everyone underrated him before he fought [George] Groves, then he won and suddenly people woke up to how good he is. Obviously I want to unify the titles and I know I can beat him.”

DeGale also hit out at the UK commentary team who covered his win over Bute, arguing that they did not give him enough credit in their analysis.

“I’m angry about the commentary, they scored it a draw. How could you score that fight a draw? The judges had me six up, six up and four up. I won that fight easy, I boxed really well.

“The reaction from everyone else though has been brilliant, on Twitter and stuff.

“The experience in Canada was also really good, I’m always willing to travel to make fights. Bute really came to fight as well, I wasn’t expecting him to be as good as he was.”


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