The 33-year-old James DeGale (25-2-1) declared that he’s considering retirement after his showdown his Chris Eubank Jr (27-2-0) this Saturday in London.
‘Chunky’ will finally meet his old rival in a much-anticipated fight in O2 Arena with the winner being crowned the new IBO world super-middleweight champion.
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DeGale showed some signs of slowing down in his previous two fights against Caleb Traux and Fidel Munoz. The triumph over Traux made him the IBF super-middleweight champ, but soon after that he vacated the belt. Another reason for possible departure could be the fact that only a few weeks ago another one of DeGale’s big rivals – Geroge Groves announced his retirement from the sport.
The boxing fans were expecting a rematch between the two at some point, but now in the absence of Groves, it’s safe to say there are no remaining worthwhile fights for DeGale.
“I’m going to get this good win,” the Olympic gold medallist said. “After this good win, I’ll maybe knock it on the head. I don’t know.
“I could go on to have another three or four fights; I’m not too sure. I’m in a good position where I’m happy and content in what I’ve done with my career. I’ve left my mark. I’m sitting nice. I’ve always said I’m taking every fight as it comes.
“The hunger and desire hasn’t been stronger. I’ve been training for this fight for a long, long time. Mentally I’m ready; physically I’m ready, I’m healthy. There’s a lot of questions hanging over this fight as well, but the main one is how much have I got left? Am I declining, am I shot? We’ll see.”