DeGale wants Groves scalp

28 March 2017 07:23:42 EST

James DeGale has confirmed that he wants to face George Groves in order to "wipe out the only defeat in my pro career".

The 31-year-old reigning IBF super-middleweight champion has twice lost against his former amateur stablemate, with Groves defeating him en route to winning an ABA title in 2007 before outpointing him to win the Commonwealth and British and super-middleweight titles in 2011.

That is the only defeat DeGale has suffered in 25 professional fights, but the 2008 Olympic gold medal winner has gone on to become a world champion while Groves' career has stalled with three failed attempts to win a world title.

The Groves fight is always there, although my winning the world title, while he has failed three times to do that, kills him.

James DeGale

And, while DeGale has the option of some huge fights in the pipeline, he would also like to finally get one over Groves.

The Londoner, who got off the canvas to retain his title courtesy of a draw with Badou Jack in New York in January, said: "I'd like to fight George Groves again.

"Of course I'd like to put that right because we grew up together in the same amateur club, but the cream always rises to the top and now people are seeing who is the genuine world-class fighter of the two of us.

"The Groves fight is always there, although my winning the world title, while he has failed three times to do that, kills him.

"But it is a big British fight in which I could wipe out the only defeat in my pro career."

DeGale has also revealed that he would be open to moving out of the super-middleweight division to face the likes of Gennady Golovkin or Andre Ward.

He added: "Golovkin? I walk around less than a stone above the super-middleweight limit and could easily go down to fight this great man for the middleweight title.

"Ward, like Golovkin, is among those quoted as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It would be an honour to share a ring with him and just as I could go down for Gennady, I could go up to light heavy for Andre."

Meanwhile, the British IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is continuing to prepare for his eagerly-awaited Wembley showdon against Wladimir Klitschko on 29th April.

The undefeated 27-year-old is 1/2 to retain his belt and also secure the vacant WBA crown, while Klitschko can be backed at 9/5 to come out on top.

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