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Top five next opponents for James DeGale

James DeGale
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John Dennen considers the best next options for James DeGale

1. Chris Eubank Jr

James DeGale has reclaimed his IBF super-middleweight world title after beating Caleb Truax in a rematch. But questions remain. Chris Eubank Jr was firmly outboxed by George Groves but this would be a huge fight for DeGale, especially with World Boxing Super Series on going.

2. George Groves

Groves is tied into the World Boxing Super Series, trying to recover from a dislocated shoulder in time for the final. But Groves fighting DeGale, his great long term rival, will always appeal to the British public.

James DeGale

3. David Benavidez

Before Truax stalled DeGale’s progress, the Briton was looking to unify against WBC super-middle champion David Benavidez.

4. Gilberto Ramirez

Another world champion, with an increasingly high profile in Mexico and America boxing on ESPN, although it might be hard for the Al Haymon advised DeGale to make a fight with Top Rank promoted Ramirez.

5. Badou Jack

The two fought to an exciting draw in New York last year. DeGale could move up to light-heavy to hunt down a decider with Jack.

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