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James DeGale Talking Return: Brian Magee, Kenny Anderson Mentioned

James DeGale is now on the comeback trail. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
James DeGale is now on the comeback trail. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Former Olympic gold medalist James DeGale is talking comeback, and has a couple of names in mind. The ex-British super middleweight champ (10-1, 8 KO) lost on May 21 to rival George Groves.

"I want an American name that someone knows, or Brian Magee who fought for a world title and is European champion, or Kenny Anderson, who had Groves out and only has himself to blame for losing."

As far as "an American name that someone knows," there isn't much available at 168 that would fit in with the level of competition DeGale and promoter Frank Warren would likely target. Magee would be a brave comeback, as the southpaw veteran can still fight and didn't give Lucian Bute too easy a night in March. Anderson would seem the overall best fit for a next fight, really -- he's got history with Groves, and he can scrap a little, but he hasn't fought since Groves and likely would be a fairly easy out for a focused DeGale.