James DeGale says his European title defence against Hadillah Mohoumadi on Saturday represents a “new start”. The former Olympic champion also believes he will be ready to face fellow Briton and IBF super-middleweight title-holder Carl Froch in a year’s time. Having split from Frank warren earlier this year this will be Degale’s first bout with new promoter Mick Hennessy.
DeGale, showing his usual confidence said “After a couple of 12-rounders I’ll be ready to mix with Froch and Arthur Abraham. The super-middleweight division is probably the best in boxing at the minute. “There are some great fighters, some great world champions and decent fights out there for me in Kenny Anderson, Brian Magee and a George Groves rematch. Andre Ward is by himself out the front but the rest of them I’d box next week.”
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DeGale turned professional with Warren in 2009 having won gold at the Beijing Olympics. He won the British title in his ninth fight but was beaten by arch rival Groves last May before leaving Warren earlier this year. DeGale fights Mohoumadi, who has won 13 of his 16 professional fights with Chris Eubank Jr acting as chief support.
The southpaw added “I’m so excited, I’m looking forward to the future. This time next year I want to be mixing it with the big boys and hopefully a world champion. I’ll probably hold my mouth a touch more but apart from that I’ll carry on fighting the way I do, training hard and making strides towards that world title.”