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DEGALE CHASING BADOU JACK REMATCH

James DeGale has set his mind on making a rematch with Badou Jack come to reality but admits he would have to move up a division and step up to light-heavyweight in order to make the fight happen.

DeGale put his IBF belt on the line against the then super-middleweight WBC beltholder Jack at the start of the year in an entertaining unification at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

In which what was a back and fourth encounter between the pair, saw both fighters take a knockdown before two of the three judges scored the showdown as a draw.

The 31 year-old DeGale who has been out of the ring with a shoulder injury since the fight took place in January, feels that there remains unfinished business between the pair and “Chunky” is confident that they can get back in the ring and do it all over again.

Speaking on the matter DeGale has been quoted as saying “Badou Jack, that’s the fight that I really want because I don’t think Badou Jack is in my class at all,”

“It was a bit of a controversial end to the fight but a lot of people thought I won and a lot thought he won. So, I see no reason why we shouldn’t get in the ring again.”

Jack who now operates at light-heavyweight since the draw with DeGale at the start of the calendar year went onto stop Nathan Cleverly for the vacant WBA ‘regular’ title last time out on the Mayweather McGregor undercard back in September, a title the Swede has since vacated.

North West Londoner DeGale is aware that he will probably have to move up to 175lbs to pursue the rematch but admits that he still has plenty of options at super-middleweight.

The Brit and 2008 Olympic gold medalist went on to say “If that fight happens, I’d probably have to go up in weight because I think he struggles to make 168lbs,”

“I don’t think he’s coming back down, so I’d have to go up to him.

“There’s a lot of fights out there for me, obviously Great Britain has a lot of big domestic fights with the likes of George Groves, Chris Eubank Jr and Callum Smith.

“I want to be boxing back at home because that’s where the money is made.

“On the world scene though, there are some great fights, Benavidez just won a WBC world title and there’s Gilberto Ramirez. Those are the kinds of fights I want to be in.

“I’m going to be a fully fit, injury free, super sharp, super fast and have super power in my next fight, expect a wicked performance.”

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