Boxing news: James DeGale targeting rematch with bitter rival George Groves after upcoming fight with Chris Eubank Jr

James DeGale has declared that he wants to rematch George Groves before retiring and insisted it would be “stupid” for the fight not to happen.

The 32-year-old is reportedly set to face Chris Eubank Jr on February 23 in a bout which should be announced imminently, but he is already looking at potential future opponents.

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James DeGale and George Groves share plenty of history

Groves recently lost his WBA world title in a knockout defeat to Callum Smith, but when asked which of his fellow Brits he’d prefer to face, DeGale admitted he’d rather take on the loser at this stage in his career.

He told Seconds Out: “In an ideal world, probably George Groves because I’ve got two losses on my record. I’ve avenged one of them – against 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.

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

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Groves beat DeGale by majority decision (115-114, 115-114, 115-115) in 2011

James DeGale and George Groves’ rivalry stems back to the days when they emerged from the same amateur club – Dale Youth.

Groves beat DeGale as an amateur and a professional, with the second fight having an especially heated verbal build-up.

“I respect every fighter,” continued DeGale, “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.

“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.”

You can watch the full Seconds Out clip with James DeGale below.

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