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DeGale: I'd rather see Joshua fight real champion Fury

By Declan Warrington

James DeGale has revealed the prospect of seeing Anthony Joshua's World heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko does not "excite" him because of a preference to see him fight "real champ" Tyson Fury.

Their match-up at Wembley on April 29, for Joshua's IBF title and the WBA belt Fury recently vacated, is expected to attract a British post-war record fight crowd of around 90,000.

It features one of the finest heavyweight champions in history challenging another expected to prove himself the best of the coming era, but for all that DeGale considers Joshua the world's leading active heavyweight, he cannot ignore the shadow Fury casts.

Fury vacated his WBA and WBO titles in October to deal with his "medical treatment and recovery" after struggling with mental health problems, but before then was widely considered the world's leading heavyweight having in 2015 inflicted Klitschko's first defeat for 11 years.

"Everyone's making a big deal out of the fight; it's a good fight but Klitschko lost his last fight to Fury, the real champ is Fury," DeGale, who on January 14 in New York fights Badou Jack in an IBF and WBC super-middleweight unification title fight, said.

"It doesn't really excite me. I want to see it but I'd rather Anthony Joshua box Fury, that's all."

Asked if Fury's win over Klitschko would reduce the credit Joshua may receive in the event of victory, he said: "It will. (But) I expect Joshua to stop Klitschko, and look good in doing it."

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