DeGale gets world title shot on Sky May 23

JAMES DEGALE10James DeGale’s IBF world super-middleweight title shot will be televised live on SKY Sports it has been announced.

DeGale takes on Andre Dirrell in Boston USA on May 23 for the vacant IBF title and both guys are aiming to get their hands on the covereted belt. For DeGale this is his first shot at world honours whilst Dirrell lost out last time around when he faced Carl Froch in Nottingham in October 2009.

“I’ve had a week off, I feel refreshed and I am right back on it now,” said DeGale. “I don’t think that you can over-train but you can under-rest – when you are trained by Jim McDonnell and you have done eight weeks already, you know he doesn’t mess around in the gym – he pushes me hard every day and he told me that I needed to have a full week off, no thinking about boxing, no running, no training. I needed it and now I feel fantastic and my focus is complete.

“My time is here and I am going to be crowned the IBF World champion. Travelling doesn’t worry me – I like it. As an amateur I travelled all over the world and came home with medals, especially at the Olympics, so when the pressure is on and I am a little nervous, that’s when I come into my own, I relish it.”

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