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James DeGale: The Bigger It Is, The Better I Fight

James DeGale hasn't fought in his home country since he became champion.

The IBF super middleweight title holder has successfully defended his title thrice but all of them away from home. On Saturday night, DeGale goes for four but this time against not an ordinary challenger. He defends it against WBC champion Badou Jack in a title unification bout.

WIthout doubt, it's the biggest fight in DeGale career, and it will be held at New York's Barclays Center. DeGale will be fighting in the U.S. for the third time in his last three bouts. But he says that's something he's accustomed to:

"I've done it the hard way my whole career. Even the Olympics was away from home in China,"

DeGale captured Olympic Gold in 2008. Six years later, he became the first Briton to win a boxing world title and an Olympic gold medal. Noe 31, DeGale looks to burst into superstardom with a victory over a fellow champion. According to Chunky, it couldn't have come at a better time and place:

"Boxing in America, in New York, to unify the titles in the division, this is what fighters dream about. This is the pinnacle of our sport."

Beating Badou Jack won't be easy but the rewards could be massive. Ever since turning pro, the only blot in DeGale's resume has been a controversial loss to countryman George Groves. Groves will be fighting Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA Super middleweight title and should Groves finally win a world title, a rematch between him and DeGale could be coming. That rematch is one fight that's on James DeGale's mind, if he gets past Jack this weekend:

"First I have to deal with Jack, and if I come through that, some massive fights can be made against Smith and Groves, which could be another unification fight if he wins his next one."

Smith is Callum Smith,  the youngest of the popular Liverpool brothers. A domestic fight with Callum would be big in U.K. But a rematch with Groves ould be massive. As in Wembley, perhaps. Adds DeGale:

"I used to go run past Wembley Stadium, and I've always wanted to fight there. It could still happen. Against someone like George Groves it would sell 80,000,"

DeGale is indeed on the brink of superstardom. A victory over Badou Jack will open a lot of doors for James DeGale. But will he shine in the biggest stage he's ever fought at?

"One hundred percent I'm a buzz fighter. I like the big lights, the big crowds and the big nights. The bigger it is, the better I fight, and that would be a unification fight like this one."

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