James "Chunky" DeGale is nearing the end of a 10 week training camp where he'll soon travel to Canada ahead of his Nov. 28th title defense against Lucian Bute. During his open media workout in London, DeGale offered some thoughts on...himself.
"I think I am the best super middleweight out there right now. There are hard fights in the division. Badou Jack is a good fighter, but I think I beat him and beat him well if I stay switched on for the full 12 rounds."
"I want to prove I am the best, I will go anywhere to do it and that's why I am defending my title in Canada. All the world champions in Britain have great rivals on the doorstep, so it's a really exciting time domestically as well for boxing in Britain right now - but I firmly believe I beat everyone in this division."
Whether or not you stand in agreement with DeGale, he has shown that he's not afraid of any away games, taking his title on the road to make the best money possible. It's obviously a shrewd business decision, but defending your title in other fighters backyard can be a risky proposition. DeGale, though, has no worries about that sort of thing.
"I like boxing away from home - maybe it's time I started being called 'the road warrior'. I won my world title in Boston and now I am defending it in Canada against a classy opponent in Lucian Bute. I know it's going to be a hard fight but I am ready for that. My sparring has been great, I am hitting great times on the track, I feel strong in the gym and I am just looking forward to it."
Tell me, fans, is DeGale truly the best super middleweight out there? If you could pit him against any other fighter in the division, who would you want to see him in against?