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James DeGale hoping for unification bout with Badou Jack

James DeGale wants to face Badou Jack next year, and is hoping to know soon whether that can happen or not.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

IBF super middleweight titleholder James DeGale scored a pair of big wins this year, beating Andre Dirrell for the vacant belt and the defending successfully against Lucian Bute, and now hopes to add another title to his collection in 2016, saying he wants to face WBC titlist Badou Jack in a unification fight.

From talkSPORT:

"I've got so many options, so many big fights out there. But the one I want is Badou Jack, to unify the titles in Las Vegas. Hopefully I should know in the early part of next year.

"I'm not the hunter anymore, I'm the hunted. People are after me so I've got to stay switched on and got to be 100 per cent. I've got to train extremely hard and that's what I've done. I'm training like a challenger and boxing like a champion."

DeGale (22-1, 14 KO) and Jack (20-1-1, 12 KO) both emerged as top super middleweights this year, living up to their potential after some time where it seemed both had frustratingly stagnated. Jack, 32, beat Anthony Dirrell to win the WBC belt in April, and followed up with a defense against DeGale's old rival George Groves in September.

DeGale, 29, and Jack are both Al Haymon fighters, which in theory should make it an easy fight to make. Jack has also expressed interest in the fight.

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