James DeGale warns Badou Jack: This huge training change has made me the best ever


James DeGale warns Badou Jack: This huge training change has made me the best ever
  1. James DeGale warns Badou Jack: This huge training change has made me the best ever
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    JAMES DEGALE claims he has completely changed his approach to food ahead of fighting Badou Jack and is now a more energetic boxer than ever…
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James DeGale claims his training camp has been completely different from previous fights

James DeGale has earned the nickname 'Chunky' for his tendency to gorge outside of fight camp.

The IBF super-middleweight champion, who faces Jack in a unification clash in New York on Saturday night, has historically had to starve himself to make the 168-pound weight limit.

However, the 30-year-old claims the addition of strength, conditioning and nutrition adviser Nick Palma to his team has revolutionised the way he has prepared.

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James DeGale will face Badou Jack with the IBF and WBC super-middleweight titles on the line

“People are going to see a big difference," DeGale told The i Paper.

"I’m more powerful.

"I’m more solid on my stance, I am lasting the distance better.

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James DeGale thinks he is leaner but also more energetic than he has been in his other fights

"Mind, body, and soul, I feel great."

DeGale has previously shunned the more technical elements of training and focused on what his coach Jim McDonnell would call 'Holyfield circuits' - lifting and pulling weights.

But now he believes he is far more able to balance his urges to eat and need to keep the excess weight off.

“I had to starve myself in the past, but now I’m eating four times a day,” DeGale added.

“I wasn’t being stupid, like eating burgers and chips. 

"But, I wasn’t eating the right stuff, either. I didn’t have a clue, but look at me now. 

“My energy level is totally different.

"One of the sparring partners jumped out after three rounds the other…

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