Wembley Card Is One Of Destiny for Someone Other Than Froch & Groves

James DeGale

James DeGale has the opportunity to earn the right to correct past wrongs at Wembley. Photo: Courtesy of Ben Doughty.

I hope Froch knocks him out,” says 2008 Olympic champion James DeGale of his long-time & most bitter of rivals George Groves. DeGale in fact has already beaten Groves twice in the eyes of many refined ring observers in both the amateur & professional ranks – though, fatefully not Dave Parris nor John Keane who quite frankly played an instrumental role in railroading the burgeoning career of the then 10 (8) – 0 former Olympic champion back in 2011.

DeGale remains a special talent – the very sketchy win over the affectionately labelled ‘Chunky‘ aside its fair to say that Groves did very little to merit the first fight with Froch. Indeed the rationale behind’s DeGale’s stated wish – to see Groves laid out – could well be as much professional as personal – Froch, for all of his grit & durability – is a fighter made to order for DeGale perhaps marginally more than even Groves who has thus far managed to build a top level professional reputation (& the small matter of a £2 million pay day) on the back of a single noteworthy performance against an elite level opponent who was always going to make him look good by sheer contrast of styles.

James DeGale has already made a quantum leap in recent months by switching to the UK’s promotional powerhouse in Matchroom – seemingly saving himself from the relative & entirely undeserved obscurity of the 2011-2013 period & is likely viewing the once unthinkable prospect of being a supporting act on a Groves headlined card in a surprisingly cheery light. The fact that the IBF have said the winner of his bout will face the winner of Froch-Groves undoubtedly sweetens that scenario for him further.

There are reasons for the morally repugnant injustice perpetrated upon a fighter who is, let’s not forget, walking in the footsteps of the likes of Floyd Patterson*, that transcend boxing or even sport & mark a disturbing sociological reality few in British society readily realize is occurring before their very eyes let alone acknowledge. His talent & resolve needs to get him past the twice tested at international level (going 1-0-1) Brandon Gonzales in front of a colossal & largely supportive Wembley crowd & a plethora of positive downstream outcomes become far more likely.

*Patterson won Olympic Gold in 1952 in Helsinki at the same Middleweight limit as DeGale did in 2008.