Rob Jones, MSN Sport
16/06/2011 14:50 | By Rob Jones, producer, MSN Sport

Olympic gold was better than being British champion - DeGale



James DeGale, Olympics 2008 (© PA)

In an interview with MSN Sport's Rob Jones Olympic champion James DeGale said that his proudest moment was in Beijing in 2008, "I've had a couple of moments; winning the British title within nine fights, getting my MBE, but the Olympic gold medal is probably the one."

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The 25-year-old, nicknamed 'Chunky', would recommend any boxer to go down the Olympic route, "To be an Olympian is unbelievable. To go the Olympics and win a gold medal for your country is fantastic. Dream come true. I was dead proud."

DeGale was confident that one of Britain's young talents could emulate his triumph of four years ago, "There's a couple of good fighters. There's Khalid Yafai - he lost in his first fight in the last Olympics, but he's a good talented fighter. There's Danny Price (heavyweight), Tom Stalker, so I've got faith that we will come back with a couple of gold medals this time."

However, southpaw switchhitter says he had to learn a lot when he switched to professional boxing, "Professional boxing and amateur boxing are totally different sports. Amateur boxing is more like you're fencing. It's more like a game. Whereas professional boxing you're looking to hurt someone and looking to take them out."

James DeGale was talking to MSN Sport as an ambassador of the Microsoft Kinect Sports.


Fascinating facts about Olympic boxing

  • An Olympic Boxing glove weighs 284 grams (10 ounces). During the Games, competitors will get through 432 pairs of gloves.
  • Amateur boxers are not allowed to box past the age of 34.
  • Boxing featured at the St Louis 1904 Olympic Games because of its local popularity in the southern United States. Women competed as well as men - the only time they have ever taken part in Boxing at the Games, until the decision to include women's events at London 2012.

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5Comments
17/06/2011 18:31
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same is gonna happen to big mouth haye
17/06/2011 18:29
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His mouth got closed haha nice one Groves
17/06/2011 07:50
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Got what he deserved against Groves, tried to show him up infront of the world at the weigh ins and then he got weighed in lol. Dont bet a man his purse live on telly next time m8 n Frank Warrens a k#0b aswel, his reaction made me laugh.  
16/06/2011 21:33
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aye he gets beaten then says this shi*e. cockey pri*k got leathered by groves 
16/06/2011 21:07
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glad groves beat this cockey gobs**te

have fun in career obscurity u fukin t*t

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