Andre Dirrell said that he would take on James DeGale in the UK in the midst of ongoing talks of a projected fight for a world title, in a fight that is eagerly anticipated by fans and sportsbook software services around the world.
The fighter from Michigan – 31-years-old – has been expected to face DeGale for the empty title of the IBF super-middleweights after the belt was left empty by Carl Froch.
There are continuous talks being held about a venue for the showdown that’s set to take place on the 25th of April, as Dirrell was initially hesitant to take on the Harlesden man at the O2 Arena in London.
However, Dirrell’s stance has apparently eased, and the fighter suggested that it’s possible that DeGale gets an advantage at home.
“That’s under negotiation. The most important thing is that I’m willing to be a world champion, whatever it takes,” said Dirrell.
“I’m chasing that world title, it’s been long enough. I’m ready to become world champion rightfully and I’ll be willing to do whatever it takes.”
Dirrell’s emotions regarding the last trip that he made to the UK in 2009 were mixed ones, as in that year he lost to Froch ‘The Cobra’ on points, which is his record’s only defeat, and one that boxing fans remember very well.
Even though sportsbook software services saw that there was continuous displeasure on the decision made, the 31-year-old believes that he’s able to win another shot for a world title.
“I’m definitely unhappy with the judges’ decision last time, but that is no reason for me to be worried about coming there the second time around,” said Dirrell.
“I don’t want to base future situations on the past so all I have to do is come with a proper game plan and believe in myself. Wherever the fight may be, if it’s in Mars, Pluto, UK, China it doesn’t matter. I believe I’ll come out victorious.
“I do feel like I was unfairly treated there, but the fans were nonetheless great to me as individuals, but as a whole I saw how they pushed for Froch. I enjoyed myself very much in the UK.”
The boxing world can’t wait to see what will happen in the ring when Dirrell faces DeGale, and many experts believe that the fight could prove to be a close one. However, their fans can only wait and see.