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DeGale eyes rematch with Groves

ESPN staff
June 9, 2013
James DeGale lost out to George Groves by a close points decision © PA Photos

Fresh from defending his WBC silver super-middleweight title against Stjepan Bozic, James DeGale has called for a rematch with fellow Brit George Groves.

DeGale collected the victory over Bozic on Saturday thanks to a technical knockout in the fifth round, and notched up his sixth win on the spin since losing out to Groves in 2011 by a close points decision.

And the Olympic gold medallist wants to take on Groves at Queen's Park Rangers' Loftus Road in a potential eliminator for a super-middleweight world title fight.

"I'd box Groves in my next fight, but I swear to God he does not want to box me. He doesn't want it," DeGale said.

"That's a massive fight. That could sell out QPR football stadium. I'd love to fight there. That's my local club. I was brought up on that club - my granddad is a mad supporter."

DeGale's promoter Mick Hennessy added the fight against the WBA holder Groves should be for the vacant WBC belt.

"Why not a final eliminator with George Groves for the WBC title [where] everything's on the line?" he said.

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