Super-middleweight world champion James DeGale believes he could be the first fighter to defeat Gennady Golovkin should the 160 pound king move up in weight next year.
Golovkin’s coach Abel Sanchez exclusively told WBN last week that ‘GGG’ would be willing to face the victor of the upcoming unification between DeGale and WBC title holder Badou Jack, leading to a response from the Briton soon after.
“A mega fight to me is a fight that I am in and people think I am going to lose. I am the underdog. Golovkin, it’s a perfect a fight,” DeGale told Sky Sports News HQ.
“It’s a hard fight, but a fight that I think I have a fantastic chance of beating him. He’s not the biggest middleweight, so if he moves up in weight, I am going to have the size advantage.
“His boxing ability is very good, he’s a former Olympian, he’s obviously undisputed world champion, but I’ve seen weaknesses and I think I can expose them 100 per cent.”
DeGale must come through Jack on January 14 to stand any chance of setting up the super-fight in 2017, in which Golovkin would have the chance to unify a second weight division after dominating at middleweight.
Many believe the only way Golovkin gets tested in the pro ranks is by going up in weight, although there would be questions why the Kazakh has suddenly decided the time is right to head up the eight pounds when Andre Ward called him out for a match-up previously without success.