The 2008 Olympic gold medallist, 27, sits well inside the top ten of the four main sanctioning bodies, and is placed at No. 8 in the BoxRec ratings system. Next year, he'll be looking to capture one of the full weight titles, and is hoping for the winner of Groves v Froch, who duke it out for Froch's IBF/WBA titles the week after on November 23. DeGale told West London Sport: “I look at the Froch v Groves fight and I know that in the next six months it’s likely that I’ll fight the winner of that one, so it really is exciting times.
“It’s a really strong division with a lot of talented fighters and I’d say I’m inside the top 10 and very excited to mix it with the best and show everything I’ve got.”
Since the wafer thin loss to Groves in 2011, DeGale has had the same number of fights (6) as his arch-nemesis, arguably against stiffer opposition. As he holds the 'Silver' bauble and is ranked 5th by the WBC, negotiating to secure a chance against current champion Sakio Bika, who captured the vacant belt with a close majority points win over Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in June, would seem a logical way to go, either at home or away.
But Harlesden's DeGale craves the rematch with Hammersmith's Groves, and it would certainly be a big draw in the UK. He told West London Sport back in June that he'd like it to happen at Loftus Road, home to Queens Park Rangers FC.
Before that begins to make sense, Groves has a gargantuan task on his hands against Froch. Although some pundits are tipping Groves to cause an upset, SkyBet currently has the champion a 6-1 favourite. These will no doubt shorten come fight night, but should Groves lose as expected, it would, in all probability, push a rematch with DeGale further away despite the considerable domestic interest.
DeGale's promoter Mick Hennessy said: “I’m delighted to bring James back to Glow, Bluewater.
“James is a world-class fighter and this is a truly world-class venue, where we can give the fight fans what they want – a superb fight and show that James is ready for anyone in the division.”