James DeGale Wants to Be More Like Marvin Hagler

James DeGale (left) is planning to be more aggressive when he faces Piotr Wilczewski in October. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Obvious retort to headline: "Don't we all?"

James DeGale has admitted some mistakes in his May loss to bitter rival George Groves, and is hoping to emulate one of the all-time greats going forward, saying on Frank Warren's official site that he's trying to be more aggressive going forward:

"I learnt a lot from it. One of the things I talked to Jimmy about is being more aggressive. I shouldn't have allowed the first eight rounds to turn into a sparring session. A fighter that Jimmy and I have discussed is Marvin Hagler, and specifically his fight with Tommy Hearns. Hagler went to war against straight away, and if I'd have done that against Groves, I would have won the fight, easy. I've been working on being more aggressive and cutting down the ring."

DeGale (10-1, 8 KO) remains one of the top prospects in the world despite the razor-thin loss to Groves, and will come back with a significant fight against European super middleweight champ Piotr Wilczewski (29-1, 10 KO) in London, with the fight being targeted for October. Sky Sports has dates filled on October 1, 8, and 22, but nothing for October 15 or 29, so if the fight is made in October, expect one of those dates.

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