Super middleweight champion James DeGale is already thinking about retirement within a few years down the road.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, DeGale said he could see himself fighting for only a few more years. He said he wants to retire once he has enough money saved up from fighting.
"I might only have 10 fights left, three years or so," DeGale said. "I might only have five fights if the money is right, wrapping it all up in a stadium by beating up George Groves. Bottom line: I want to do this right, to get people to say, 'DeGale, he was a proper fighter.'"
DeGale reaffirmed his plans for the end of his career to ESPN.
"As soon as I've made enough money, I'll get out," DeGale said. "I won't be one of these fighters that can't let go. As soon as I've achieved what I want, I will get out. It's a hard sport, you can get hurt by going on. Just being in there in a big exciting world title fight is what I want to fight on for. Maybe another three or four years. But I'm at my peak now, that's when I'm going to earn. There's only a small percent of boxers who hold on to their money."
DeGale is getting ready for his upcoming world title unification fight against Badou Jack at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on January 14. DeGale's IBF, Jack's WBC and the vacant The Ring super middleweight titles will be on the line.
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