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Chunky is in a Hurry

JAMES DeGALE is back — and in a hurry to make up for lost time.

DeGale returns to the ring on October 13 against Hadiliah Mohoumadi in his first fight under the Hennessy Sports promotional banner.

And having not boxed since April, the European super-middleweight champion cannot wait to let the leather fly.

He told SunSport: “It’s actually driven me mad. To stay in the gym and not have a date is crazy.

“But I’ve stayed disciplined, I’ve kept training and now everything is sorted I’m raring to go.”

DeGale, 26, saw his unbeaten streak come to a shuddering halt when he lost to arch-rival George Groves at London’s O2 Arena in May 2011.

The majority decision is still something he disputes, but the Olympic gold medallist admits the pre-fight trash talk probably overstepped the mark.

He said: “I don’t regret it, but maybe I was a little bit harsh.

“But listen, that proves how genuine the dislike is between us. Maybe I was a bit too harsh and it turned against me, but this is a fresh start and a new chapter.

“Me and George Groves will definitely box again — 100 per cent.

“Maybe it will be a couple of years down the line, probably for a world title, but we’ll definitely meet again.”

As the dust settled following the controversial defeat, DeGale saw Groves join him in Frank Warren’s stable.

The move did not sit well with the former British champ, who rebounded by winning and then defending the European crown with impressive displays against Piotr Wilczewski and Cristian Sanavia.

But in the background, his relationship with Warren was deteriorating.

And after such widespread coverage of the fight with Groves, a lower profile resulted in many people not realising the man known as Chunky had even returned to the ring.

DeGale added: “A lot of people think Groves was my last fight, which is absolutely crazy.

“Since then I’ve won the European title in a big show in Liverpool and I went abroad to defend it against a former world champion.

“I became British champion within nine fights, then I had that little blip against Groves and things went a bit quiet.

“Being on BoxNation wasn’t the best to build up my profile after that loss, but that’s all in the past now.

“It is a bit crazy but I’m back now and my profile should go through the roof with the tie-up between Hennessy and Channel 5.”

After cutting ties with Warren, who both managed and promoted him, DeGale reached an agreement to sign a long-term deal with Mick Hennessy.

And the southpaw believes Hennessy is the right man to get him back on track for the world title he vowed to win by the time the London Olympics rolled into town.

First he must overcome Frenchman Mohoumadi at Glow, Bluewater shopping centre’s new £60million events venue, but DeGale is in no mood to hang around.

He said: “I’m not a long way away from where I wanted to be.

“But with all the rubbish that’s happened outside the ring, it’s pushed back my plans a year or so.

“This time next year, I want to be a world champion.

“I’ll box again in December if everything goes well on the 13th – Mick’s got something big planned for me.

“He’s promised me lots of fights to keep busy and for my profile to go through the roof, so it’s very exciting.”