British Super-Middleweight star James DeGale believes that Saturday night’s rematch with Caleb Truax is the most important fight of his career.
Taking place live and exclusive on BoxNation from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the 32-year old will be looking to win back his IBF World Title following a shock loss to American Truax last December.
The Olympic gold medalist took some time out ahead of his clash this weekend to speak to the BoxNation Podcast where he revealed that this bout is the most crucial in his career and that he must win in spectacular style.
"This fight means everything to me. My career is in the balance. I’m looking to put on a performance and win back my title. This is the most important fight of my career so far," said DeGale.
"I’m going to win in fantastic fashion – I’ve got to. I’ve got to make a statement. It’s got to be a dominate performance. It has to be one-sided - otherwise people won’t take me serious anymore," he said.
DeGale was expected to overcome Truax with ease in the first fight but the 34-year-old Minnesota fighter produced the upset of the year by capturing the World Title via a majority decision.
'Chunky' admits that he overlooked Truax and that he jumped back into the ring too soon following reconstructive surgery to his shoulder.
"I rushed my injury and underestimated him and took him lightly. There are a lot of factors why I performed like that.
"When I boxed him I was fixed but I wasn’t healed and now a couple of months after the fight I can punch, I can jab now and am healed up now. I feel good and can’t wait to get in and get back my title," he said.
Londoner DeGale also took a pop at those people writing him off and said that he believes Truax is not up to his level.
"I’ve been reading some nasty and stupid stuff. People think I’m a shot fighter. I’ve had two hard fights in my life – when I won my European title up in Liverpool against [Piotr] Wilczewski and Badou Jack. It’s been a bit annoying hearing that but I’ve been proving people wrong all my life and will do that again on Saturday," he predicted.
"The only thing with Truax is he’s probably hungrier [than before], he’s tasted what it’s like to be the champion of the world. I don’t think he can change [his style], he’s pretty straightforward, he’s one way, he’s tough and strong but he’s not on my level."
Also on episode 18 of the BoxNation Podcast, Josh Warrington on being coached by his dad, Raza Hamza discusses training through Ramadan and Jono Carroll talks about his return to Belfast.
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