Former IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale has promised to school and wipe the smile off Chris Eubank Jr’s face when the British pair clash in a grudge match at the O2 in London on Saturday.
Former IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale has promised to school and wipe the smile off Chris Eubank Jr’s face when the British pair clash in a grudge match at the O2 in London on Saturday(Feb 23).
At a recent media day at the Stonebridge ABC in London, DeGale said: “Come February 23rd the smile will be wiped off his face,” said DeGale. “He’s all show. If I’m honest, if his surname was Smith, you wouldn’t know who he was. He’s riding off his dad’s name. There are levels in boxing and I’m on a level above him. Come fight night, it’s going to be a schooling. Eubank Jr is gonna get schooled. I’ve dubbed this a ‘retirement’ fight. When he loses, he’s finished, he’s done. This will be his last fight.
“I’m so excited about this fight. I’ve been training for a long time and I’m feeling great, feeling focused and ready to do battle. The last couple of years, injury wise, have been very frustrating for me. But now, I can honestly say that I’m feeling great. I’m going to put in a fantastic performance against Chris. Come February 23rd it’s going to be a fantastic night and a fantastic victory for me.
DeGale added: “I’m a London boy through and through. I was raised in Harlesden and I’m proud of my city, proud of where I’m from. So, it will be good to go back to The O2 and put on a fantastic performance for the fans. I can’t wait.
“It’s been a successful and enjoyable career for most of the time. I’ve lived the dream and done everything in boxing but sometimes it feels like I don’t get the credit I deserve.
Reminiscing about his career so far Degale said: “Look at my career; from being the 80-1 underdog at the Olympics and winning gold through to becoming British champion, European champion, and then becoming the first in Britain to win a gold medal and a world title.”