James DeGale and George Groves seem set to renew their intense rivalry in the near future. Aged 28, DeGale is currently the mandatory challenger for the IBF super-middleweight title held by Carl Froch, but he has been forced to take a fight on November 22 to keep busy.
Periban the opponent
DeGale will face off with the tough and rugged Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in what could well prove a dangerous fight.DeGale has to win in order to to keep his status as mandatory challenger and taking this fight is a big risk.
However the Olympic gold medalist wanted a tough test and full credit has to go to him for taking this fight. He could so easily have sat on his mandatory challenger status and waited until he got his shot at the title but he wanted to keep active.
Groves also on the cards
George Groves also is a mandatory challenger for a world title, although it's the WBC version currently held by American Anthony Dirrell. Groves will also be fighting on the November 22 Matchroom card headlined by Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly, but he will face a much less risky fight on paper
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Groves will face off with American Denis Douglin who he is expected to overcome in impressive fashion following his slightly disappointing showing against Christopher Rebrasse last time out.
Unification fight down the line?
Provided that both DeGale and Groves come through their next fights successfully they should fight for world titles next year. That could lead to a potentially huge unification fight between the pair sometime in the near future.
The two battled it out back in 2011 in a very close and tactical affair in which Groves came out on top. Since then the rivalry seems to have continued with both men harbouring a clear dislike for the other.
It seems inevitable that the two will square off again at some point and there would be public demand to see the fight again. If both could gain world titles which would be no easy task than the rematch could be a mega domestic dust-up.
Groves believes that DeGale needs the fight more than he does, stating: "He knows, for him to make any money, he has got to fight me."
"He knows, for him to make any money, he has got to fight me"
DeGale has for most of the last few years fought on small bills, slowly building his way back up following the defeat to Groves and during that time he must have thought about a rematch countless times.
Both have much to do before a potential rematch, but at some point these two surely have to meet again in a fight which the public will buy into.
Nothing get the attention of the public like a real grudge match and there is no bigger grudge than that which DeGale and George Groves hold.