A bit unfair that the fight with Groves was a great fight I thought DeGale won by a round but it could have gone either way. DeGale as talent no doubt about that he is unpopular because he parades his Gold Medal as though its a Faberge Egg and thinks he as some devine right to be a Great fighter because of his Olympic achievement. He is not far behind Groves and took a fight away from home and fought very well.
I don't think he or Groves will ever beat anybody like Ward, Froch or even Kessler. Could he beat a Dirrell, Steglitz or Bute I am unsure but I do believe Degale would not disgrace himself who ever he fought. He thrives when ever he is against it I see Degale having a big year if he stays fit and sorts his future with his promoter.
Fair points, I am clouded by the fact I hate him.
However His problem was/is his behaviour and arrogance that has portrayed him in a very bad light to the public.
He is talented but went about all it the wrong way thinking he is a big superstar already, for example where is the world title shot he promised everyone he would be getting before the Olympics ??
His mouth just run away with him and he has been shown up in the ring as not as good as he thought he was and an absolute knob out of it.
He also knows this, he knows he messed up with the groves thing, he realises he maybe isn't as great as he thought he was.
The test will be how he comes back from all this.
I think he will win a world title and make loads of money, but will he be the legend in his own lifetime !?!?
I doubt it personally.