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DeGale and Joshua: two of a kind

CHAMPIONS: James DeGale (left) and Anthony Joshua (red trunks) have both won Olympic gold and world titles

IN AN exclusive with ESPN, James DeGale discusses his and Anthony Joshua’s career paths, the prospect of fighting at Wembley Stadium and Saturday’s unification fight in New York

On his and Joshua’s careers…
"I've done it the hard way my whole career. Even the Olympics was away from home in China. I've had to go to America. I've had injuries and boxed in leisure centres and shopping centres.

"We've had different paths, me and Joshua. We're both Olympic gold medallists and world champions, but I won mine away from home, and he won both of his at home. Don't get me wrong, he's a great talent and a superstar. Everyone loves him."

On a UK mega fight at Wembley Stadium…
"I used to go run past Wembley Stadium, and I've always wanted to fight there. It could still happen. Against someone like George Groves it would sell 80,000.

"First I have to deal with Jack, and if I come through that, some massive fights can be made against Smith and Groves, which could be another unification fight if he wins his next one."

On Saturday’s unification fight with Badou Jack…
"Boxing in America, in New York, to unify the titles in the division, this is what fighters dream about. This is the pinnacle of our sport.

"I thought the Jack fight would happen in September, but big unification fights like this take time. But the most important thing is that it's on. Of course it was very frustrating not fighting for so long, but it's boxing. I'm still world champion, and this is a unification fight in New York.

"One hundred percent I'm a buzz fighter. I like the big lights, the big crowds and the big nights. The bigger it is, the better I fight, and that would be a unification fight like this one."

This article is courtesy of ESPN

Read the interview here: http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/story/_/id/18426016/james-degale-says-had-t...

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