Eddie Hearn has given James DeGale both barrels after the ex-Olympic gold medallist lost his world title to Caleb Truax.
Hearn, who worked with DeGale until recently before the fighter hooked up with Frank Warren, blasted ‘Chunky’ for not knuckling down and working hard enough to keep his belt.
“I’m not sure he’ll fight again,” Hearn told IFL TV. “If you’re not in love with the sport, if you’re cutting corners, if you’re not living the life, it will catch up with you
“Unless he has the desire to come back, he should leave the sport. He needs some time to get his head around the defeat.
“He’s hurting right now, and so he should be. He should be eating people like Truax for breakfast.”
Speaking on DeGale’s decision to sign with Al Haymon in the US and work on a fight-to-fight basis, Hearn added: “Let me tell you what happens when you are a free agent: nobody gives a f*** about you!
“I’m not talking about the public, I’m talking about in the business.
“You want to go into a fight in a voluntary defence and not have a rematch clause? What are you playing at? Who’s responsible for that? You know why? Because he doesn’t have a promoter.
“It’s been a shambles since he won that world title.”
DeGale has reportedly contemplated walking away from the sport after seeing his unification dream go up in smoke, although there are still some big fights out there for the Londoner should he get himself fully fit and firing on all cylinders.
Old rival George Groves faces a tough task against Chris Eubank Jr. in February and defeat for the current WBA ruler may well give the pair a route back to a lucrative rematch.
Their 2011 meeting was a hotly-contested split decision that would still generate interest if they got it on again in 2018.