The press tour got underway this week for DeGale vs Bute. The champion was in fine voice, here's the pick of the quotes. ________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES DEGALE "I am excited to face an elite fighter like Lucian, who was champion for five years. "He is still a good boxer and he told me he wants the belt back. But trust…
DeGale Happy With ‘Flowing’ Performance Over Bute
It now looks the Brit will see himself in a unification clash with WBC Champion Badou Jack (former conqueror of George Groves) next year in Vegas.
James DeGale MBE says he wants to take the WBC World Super-Middleweight title from Badou Jack after successfully defending his IBF crown against Lucian Bute in Quebec on Saturday night.
DeGale travelled to Bute’s backyard for the first defence of the title he won on the road against Andre Dirrell in Boston in May, with the Romanian-Canadian looking to regain the title he surrendered to Carl Froch in 2013 in his tenth defence.
DeGale had this to say afterwards:
“I think I put on a good performance. I made it a competitive fight, a good exciting fight. It’s all down to me. I could have been boring and moved and boxed him, I am at my best when I am in the pocket, ducking and throwing shots through the middle. I didn’t take any risks, I was just flowing. I cruised through some of the middle rounds and I have to stop that, but it was a good fight to watch and I think people enjoyed it, that’s the main thing.”
“I think the US networks like me and want me back in the US. I remember growing up and watching the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed go over to Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas, defending his belts, I looked at that and said one day I am going to do that, and that’s what is happening now.”
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