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DeGale willing to go to a ‘dark place’ to win

Photo: Mark Robinson

Photo: Mark Robinson

There has been nothing but respect between James DeGale and Andre Dirrell in the lead-up to this Saturday night’s super middleweight title clash which headlines the Premier Boxing Champions card on NBC.

However, DeGale isn’t about to let the opportunity to win his first world title get away, and says he’s willing to go to a “dark place” to make that happen.

“There’s nothing but respect between us, but I am willing to go into a really dark place on Saturday night to get the win,” said DeGale. “I’ll take him into dark territory and will go to hell and back to win that belt – let’s see if he wants to do that. It’s going to be a brutal battle – and one that I am going to win.”

DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) has won 10 straight fights since his lone defeat to George Groves in 2011 and has been hell bent on becoming the first British Olympic gold medalist to win a world title.

“Andre said in the press conference that the belt doesn’t mean anything to him in the fight – well, the belt means everything to me and more. I am here to make history and it doesn’t happen without that title,” added DeGale.

“I could win on Saturday night and retire a happy man – that’s how much I want to be a World champion. But when I do win that title, I am going for the rest of the belts, creating a lasting legacy for my country, my fans and myself.”

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