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Brandon Gonzales says he sees weaknesses in James Degale’s defense

Photos: Brett Ostrowski / Gary Shaw Productions

Photos: Brett Ostrowski / Gary Shaw Productions

Unbeaten super middleweight Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 12 KOs) is putting the finishing touches on his training camp, before flying out to London, where he’ll take on James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) in an IBF mandatory bout on the undercard of the highly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.

“Virgil and I got a great game plan for this fight.  We see some weaknesses in Degale’s defense that I’ll be taking advantage of.  Sparring is almost wrapped up and I got good work with elite level guys.  I’ve been training extremely hard for this fight.  My mind is in beast mode and I can’t wait to get in the ring,” said Gonzales from his camp.

“I know my back is against the wall traveling to DeGale’s home turf and getting a decision will be difficult, but I’m confident that the judges will be fair.  With 80,000 people rooting against me, I’m going to be extra motivated to silence the crowd.  I’ll be looking to end the fight early but if I need to go all the way then I’m prepared to go the distance. ”

BrandonGonzalez1This will be Gonzales’ first bout in 2014, having gone 2-0-1 in 2013, which included a tough draw against the unbeaten Thomas Oosthuizen last June.

“I’m anticipating a very strategic approach from DeGale but that won’t matter because I’m going to be dictating the pace and setting the tone.  He’s accomplished winning an Olympic Gold Medal so we know he has great boxing skills that got him to this point in the pros.  So with that being said, I’ll have to implement my game plan and make adjustments as the fight goes on.”

Since losing via majority decision to George Groves in 2011, DeGale has racked up eight straight wins, going into the fight with Gonzales.

“This is the biggest fight of my career.  A win puts me in the mandatory position with the IBF,” added Gonzales. “I know if I come out on top, I’ll most likely be fighting the winner of Froch vs. Groves for the IBF Middleweight title.  I’m a hungry fighter and nothing is going to stop me, I’m on a mission to be the best.  My dream of becoming a world champion is so close I can taste it.”

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