James DeGale has stated he would like to fight George Groves, if the latter can win The World Boxing Super Series.
DeGale himself was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury requiring surgery, but has said he wants to face the winner of the tournament, and he's hoping it's George Groves.
While Groves prepares for his fight against Jamie Cox in the quarter-final of the tournament on Saturday night at the SSE Arena, DeGale remains upbeat about a potential rematch in the near future.
“Groves is the big one I want," DeGale said, as per World Boxing News.
“If he wins this, there would be two world titles on the line and we could settle things maybe at the Emirates or Wembley Stadium, once and for all.
“I definitely want to fight him again. We genuinely don’t like each other.
“There’s history between us that goes back to when we were 15. We were always competing against each other."
The pair have already fought twice officially in their careers, with Groves winning on both occasions. Their most recent bout was in May 2011, which was for the British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight titles. Groves won via majority decision. However, if a rematch happens, DeGale is confident about his chances.
“100 percent, I believe I beat him in the pros,” DeGale added.
"He stole the fight by running away on the back foot, but I blame myself for making it closer than it should have been and the way I behaved before the fight didn’t help me, but I was young, immature and didn’t deal with the fame I was getting very well.
“But you live and learn. I still got my world title before he did and I haven’t had the hard fights he’s had.”
For the fight to potentially happen, George Groves will need to win the World Boxing Super Series, but this is no simple task. He faces Jamie Cox in the SSE Arena on Saturday night; a win there could set up a potential bout with Chris Eubank Jr, who will undoubtedly provide stern competition for Groves.
He faces Jamie Cox in the SSE Arena on Saturday night; a win there will set up a semi-final clash with Chris Eubank Jr, who will undoubtedly provide stern competition for Groves.
DeGale currently holds a record of 23-1-1 with 14 wins coming via knockout.
Groves, on the other hand, has won 26 of his 29 fights with 19 knockouts.
Should Groves win the World Boxing Super Series, we may see an old rivalry be reignited, one which DeGale is confident he will win this time around.