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Top five opponents for James DeGale

Olly Campbell lists the best opponents for James DeGale

1. Gennady Golovkin, 34-0 (31)

The quest for a career-defining fight for the destructive Kazakh champion seemingly continues, be that at 160lbs  or above, with him having now signed to face unheralded mandatory challenger Dominic Wade on April 23 in California. For varying reasons in the past, super-fights against the likes of Carl Froch or Andre Ward haven’t come to fruition, and as ‘GGG’ plans for a clash with WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez later this year, perhaps his inclusion here seems odd. Yet, given said prior disappointments, it may be foolish to hang one’s hat solely on that Alvarez fight happening in 2016 and in that regard DeGale, who has expressed a desire to fight and beat the best, is a sound choice. He could perhaps exploit some of the perceived weaknesses that fellow tricky southpaw Willie Monroe did when tagging Golovkin frequently when they met last last year. While Monroe hadn’t the power to hurt Golovkin, DeGale arguably has and coupled with the considerable size and reach advantage he would enjoy, fans could finally get to see the ruthless, Abel Sanchez-trained technician dragged into deep water for the very first time should they meet. Stranger things have happened.

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