Olympic champion James DeGale has told WBN that his reign as European champion is fully behind him as he heads towards a world title shot in the next twelve months.
The 27 year-old, who relinquished the EBU belt after two successful defences, picked up the WBC silver super-middleweight title in his latest impressive win over Fulgencio Zuniga and is now set to return to the ring on March 23 to build on his ranking.
“There are a few possibilities for my next fight, but I can’t say yet as my promoter (Mick Hennessy) is still waiting for confirmation. Hopefully it will be a big name or an opponent who is world rated,” DeGale told World Boxing News.
“I think if I keep active and progressing, 2013 will be a big year for me. I will be looking to fight for any of the main world titles as they are all genuine, but it seems like I’ll be going down the WBC road.”
DeGale has amassed a 14-1 record since turning pro on the back of his success in Beijing and knows that a world title shot is within reach if he keeps up his sparkling form.
The Londoner is not looking for an easy route to the top though and wants to be challenging the likes of pound for pound 168lb king Andre Ward within the next eighteen months.
“I’ll take any of the champions this year, but I am looking to fight Ward next year for sure,” he added.