James DeGale has recently revealed on Ringside, through gritted teeth, that he believes George Groves will beat Carl Froch on May 31.
The 2008 Olympic Gold medal hero is set to face Brandon Gonzales in a final eliminator for a shot at the IBF world Super-middleweight title on the same night as Froch-Groves, following his move to Matchroom.
The 28-year-old may eventually get a chance to avenge the sole professional defeat he has suffered in his 19 bouts, against 'Saint GG', a fight that the Brit clearly still feels bitter about.
Groves got under the skin of DeGale in the build up to that fight, much like he has Froch, and it was obvious that the two really hated each other.
"We just don't like each other," he explained on Ringside.
"Carl doesn't (like Groves) either, can we both be wrong? I think a lot of people are finding out about him now."
DeGale has grown frustrated with the career progress of his London rival and he has a massive incentive to shine in a make-or-break fight with the unbeaten Gonzalez in a few weeks time, with the winner getting a crack at the IBF crown Froch will defend against Groves on the same night.
If things go to plan and Groves beats Froch like DeGale expects, he could get his chance of the fight he so desperately wants, though he is adamant if he was facing Froch he would win comfortably.
"I think everyone is getting a little bit carried away because of what he (Groves) did to Carl. I've said for years that I would batter Froch, it would have been an easy fight for me," he said.
"I can't pick a winner but if I have to, I'd say the ugly kid will probably win on points."
DeGale is desperate to make his mark on the super-middleweight scene three long years after his tight decision loss to Groves at the O2 Arena.
Now, as a member of Eddie Hearn's ever-expanding team of British boxers, he's hopeful his career will truly begin to take off. He is not taking anything for granted however, in the knowledge that he has an extremely tough opponent in Gonzales standing in his way.
DeGale's last fight was an 11th round TKO win over Gevorg Khatchikian, which earned him a mandatory shot at WBC boss Sakio Bika, but 'Chunky' instead opted for the IBF route and the chance for a domestic showdown with the winner of Froch-Groves.
But he can't look past a warrior in Gonzalez, who trains with Andre Ward and Amir Khan on a daily basis under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter, and has knocked out ten opponents out of 19.
The 29-year-old, nicknamed 'Flawless', will want to retain his unblemished record and ensure it is he that gets the shot at the IBF world title in October.
DeGale will definitely have his work cut out on the night, but it is sure to be an amazing atmosphere and experience in front of a packed 80,000 seated Wembley stadium.
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