James DeGale believes a mouth-watering rematch with long-term rival George Groves is inevitable further down the line.

On December 9th, the IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion makes his homecoming at the Copper Box Arena, alongside Lee Selby.

Sidelined by injury since the start of this year, DeGale missed out on the current Super-Middleweight tournament that features domestic rivals Groves, Chris Eubank Jr and Callum Smith in the semi-finals.

"Me and Eubank is massive, and me and Groves as well, obviously," he told iFL TV. "That's always going to be there. We will fight before our career's done."

DeGale lost to Groves in the amateurs and again as a professional back in May 2011. However, 'Chunky' was the first of the pair to win a World Title when he outpointed Andre Dirrell four years after that grudge match at The O2 Arena.

DeGale v Groves face off

Groves became WBA 'Super' Champion earlier this year, so if he were to win the tournament and keep his belt, a bout with DeGale would be a unification that could fill a football stadium.

"I'd like to get it soon while we're both World Champions. I'm hoping he can come through it [the Eubank Jr semi-final]. 100% end of next year," DeGale said about a possible date.

After his next outing, he plans to unify with WBC belt-holder David Benavidez before another unification with the Super Series winner.

"The Super-Middleweight division is the best. The Featherweights are good as well. There's some wicked fights, hopefully next year we can all box off," he added.

Britain's first boxer to win Olympic gold and a professional World Title cannot wait to return to London at the Copper Box.

"[With] Lee Selby, the two young guns, it's a good show...a proper show. My homecoming! Every single seat you buy is a good view. I'm looking forward to it!"

Tickets are out now For James DeGale, Lee Selby, Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois at the Copper Box.