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DeGale vows to unify belts and prove he's one of World's best

By Robert Jones

James DeGale is primed to prove his credentials as an elite fighter when he takes on Badou Jack in their World super-middleweight unification title bout in New York tonight.

IBF champion DeGale can lay claim to being the best combatant in the 168lb division if he walks away from the Barclays Centre with two of the four major belts, with Jack currently holding the WBC strap.

DeGale, who has won 23 of his 24 professional bouts, is the overwhelming favourite to triumph with the British bookmakers and the Londoner hopes the showdown will raise his profile.

He said: "This is the moment. The time is now and we're ready. My whole team is primed for a great performance. I'm ready to prove that I'm one of the best fighters in the world.

"I can't wait to return as a unified champion. It's going to raise my appeal all over the world."

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