James DeGale wants to remind people that he's still around and
aiming for the top.
The 2008 Olympic gold medallist has been out of action due to
issues with his former promoter Frank Warren and it seems that a
small number of fans thought he'd hung up his gloves.
"I could not believe how many times people have come up to me
recently and asked if I was retired," DeGale told the
"It has been a horrible and extremely expensive experience being
involved in all the legal processes and not knowing when I was
going to fight again.
"Thankfully, I never descended into a deep depression, but being
idle didn't help my state of mind.
He added: "I can now understand why some boxers and other
sportsmen when under pressure turn to booze and drugs to help them
forget. It was a situation that made me impossible to live
with. That's what caused the end of my two-year relationship with
DeGale has now signed a promotional contract with Hennessy
Sports and will make his debut for the outfit on October 13.
No opponent has been confirmed as yet but it is believed that
the super-middleweight with defend his European title and the fight
will be televised on Channel 5.