James DeGale already plotting George Groves rematch ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fight

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JAMES DEGALE claimed he will look to rematch George Groves, providing he beats Chris Eubank Jr first.

DeGale, 32, and Eubank Jr, 29, look set to meet in a grudge match in London on February 23 with an announcement likely this week.

James DeGale already plotting George Groves rematch ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fightReuters7 DeGale relinquished his IBF title last year
James DeGale already plotting George Groves rematch ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fightNews Group Newspapers Ltd7 Groves beat DeGale in 2011

However, speaking to SecondsOut, DeGale is already planning a future rematch with his arch rival Groves, 30.

DeGale said: “In an ideal world, probably George Groves because I’ve got two losses on my record. I’ve avenged one of them – against (Caleb) Truax – the one left is George Groves.

“I think that’s a massive fight. Before we finish our careers I think we’d be stupid not to fight again.

“Let’s get it done, but he’s difficult to work with, I’m not too sure what he’s gonna do.

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“We’ll just see because, after I beat Eubank, I may just want to call it a day.”

Groves beat DeGale via majority decision in 2011, in a fight competed for the British and Commonwealth titles.

Their rivalry dates back to the amateur's, however, as the pair boxed for Dale Youth ABC, and Groves also scored a win in the unpaid ranks over DeGale.

Yet it was DeGale who would go on to be selected to box for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games – winning a gold medal.

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James DeGale already plotting George Groves rematch ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fightReuters7 Eubank Jr is set for a fight with DeGale next month

Since their 2011 fight, DeGale and Groves have both become world champions, yet their rivalry did not seem to simmer down.

However, DeGale admitted he does respect Groves, who on the fourth attempt captured a world title after knocking out Fedor Chudinov in May 2017.

DeGale said: “I respect every fighter, with Groves I’ve half got respect for him because he achieved his dream after he got knocked out a couple of times and looked like he wasn’t gonna win a world title.

“He got a touch fighting Chudinov, but he still had a couple of defences. He’s done well so of course I’m gonna give him credit and respect him.

James DeGale already plotting George Groves rematch ahead of Chris Eubank Jr fightNews Group Newspapers Ltd7 Groves won a world title in his fourth attempt

“But we don’t like each other, the history goes back.

"This ain’t a built-up rivalry, this is proper. I can’t stand the guy, and he can’t stand me.”

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