James DeGale, Rocky Fielding go at it on social media

Lawrence Lustig

James DeGale and Rocky Fielding have begun the rumblings of what could end up being a UK grudge match further down the line.

As Fielding shuffles his way to number four in the IBF Rankings, and the organization attempt to set up a final eliminator with Caleb Plant, DeGale was taunted by his British counterpart on Twitter.

Responding in kind, DeGale reminded Fielding of his previous shortcomings as followers of both men quickly grabbed the popcorn.

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DeGale recently regained his IBF super-middleweight title in a revenge match-up with Caleb Truax, whilst Fielding has vacated his British and Commonwealth titles in order to focus solely on landing a world title shot.

With DeGale recently linked with Frank Warren, that fight could be awkward to make and may mean Fielding is forced to position himself as the number one contender to gain his chance.

For now, a possible all-British world title fight is bubbling up nicely.

IBF Top 15 ratings: 

CHAMPION: James DeGale

2 Caleb Plant United States
3 Vincent Feigenbutz Germany
4 Rocky Fielding England
5 Anthony Dirrell United States
6 Fedor Chudinov Russian Federation
7 J’Leon Love United States
8 Caleb Truax United States
9 Andre Dirrell United States
10 Peter Quillin United States
11 Arthur Abraham Germany
12 Roamer Angulo Colombia
13 Bilal Akkawy Australia
14 Nadjib Mohammedi Algeria
15 Matvey Korobov Russian Federation