James DeGale may be coming to America soon, as Top Rank's Bob Arum says he's interested in signing the fighter, and that the feeling is mutual. If DeGale is currently a free agent, which Arum is not sure about, he says a move could be made, and that Andre Ward would be an ideal opponent in the near future.
"He's a very nice guy and he wants to sign with us," Arum said. "I'm interested but I'm not interested in buying a lawsuit." Arum said he is still doing his due diligence to see if DeGale is still under contract to British promoter Mick Hennessy but that if he is a free agent, he'd like to sign him. "He's a very good fighter, but I know he's not the most exciting guy in the world. He'd certainly be a good opponent for [champion] Andre Ward. There's a lot you can do with him."
Arum, who may be the first person in boxing to call DeGale "a very nice guy," would be signing a talented but sometimes aloof-seeming young fighter. DeGale, 27, has stagnated as a pro a bit, with a record of 16-1 (11 KO), his lone loss coming to George Groves in a rare meeting of top-rated prospects at early points in their respective careers.
DeGale has the ability to become a top super middleweight, or at least a lot of the time he seems to have that sort of talent. Other times, he looks a little sluggish, a little lazy in the ring, and he seems to coast past overmatched foes, in turn making them look a little better than they might be, and/or making himself look worse. He's interesting, but he'd also be moving on to the third promoter of his young career, so I don't know what, if anything, that means.
Would you like to see DeGale make the move to Top Rank? Do you think it would be a boost for his career?