JAMES DeGALE insists rival Billy Joe Saunders is a clear fighter.
The WBO middleweight world champion failed a VADA drug take a look at on the finish of August that has left his October 20 defence in opposition to Demetrius Andrade hanging within the stability.
However Chunky, 32, who fancies the concept of luring the Hatfield man up a division to fulfill him at super-middle, insists the 29-year-old will likely be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Degale, who gained a tune-up bout in opposition to Fidel Monterrosa Munoz inside three rounds on Sunday, mentioned: “Subsequent I would go dwelling for a giant battle.
“Billy Joe Saunders is an effective battle, he’s a high quality southpaw.
“I imagine Billy Joe Saunders is a clear fighter, I’ve identified him for a protracted, very long time.
“He’s a high quality athlete and hopefully he can defend his title efficiently.”
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Saunders was found to have fat-burning stimulant oxilofrine in his system but the World Anti-Doping association and the British Boxing Board of Control only punish traces found on the day of the fight.
But Eddie Hearn – who is promoting the Boston bout – revealed on Friday that the scrap is only 50-50 to take place.
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission will meet this week to decide whether to host the bout or not.
A more likely opponent next for DeGale is tough-talking Chris Eubank Jr, who won a farcical fight on Friday night in Saudi Arabia.
Opponent JJ McDonagh quit on his stool and then offered Eubank a bare-knuckle straightener for questioning his injury and decision to retire.
And a fit-again DeGale will give the 29-year-old Brighton man a much tougher test now he is back firing on all cylinders.
He said: “I have had a shoulder operation and Achilles’ tendonitis that I only just got fixed. But no excuses now, I am back to my best, let’s move forward.
“Now I am back and healthy I want a world title but back home there is some big names and big money to be earned.”