Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boxing: DeGale Can Blow 'Em Away

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boxing: DeGale Can Blow 'Em Away

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JAMES DeGALE has rejected comparisons with Audley Harrison as he bids to become the first British Olympic gold medal winner to claim a professional world title.

Harrison agreed a pounds 1m, 10-fight deal with the BBC after striking gold at Sydney 2000 but never convinced against sub-standard opposition and fell well short.

But DeGale, who has signed a two-year deal with Frank Warren worth pounds 1.5m, believes he will prove a greater success in the paid ranks than Harrison.

"I'm different to Audley," he said. "I love boxing, it's my life. I only read Boxing News. I only watch boxing films.

"Technically Audley is the best heavyweight in the world but there are doubts about his heart.

Does he really want it?

"You've got to have the heart, you've got to want it and be fit.

Maybe Audley doesn't have it but I think I do."

DeGale is contracted to fight between six and eight times per year in shows that will be staged across the country after joining Sports Network alongside fellow British Olympic fighters Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders. …

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