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The future is bright! The future is Chunky! James "Chunky" DeGale is a middleweight Olympic Gold Medallist who turned professional in 2008. He started...

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Started: 24 Aug 2010

Last post: 1 Jun 2011

  • Learning to lose......

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    Jun0120118:18 p.m.

    It’s been a while since I've had time to sit down and write about what’s been going on. The past couple of weeks I have been all focused on my big fight against George Groves. There was a lot of hype leading up to the fight, mostly angled around the fact that we really don’t like each other, which is the understatement of the year. I lost the fight. Losing is hard, but losing by 1 point is even harder! One week on from the fight and it's still raw. I am not gonna lie I'm disappointed, but onwards and upwards! It is what it is - it was a defeat, but it's how I come back from this that matters and that's what I'll be focusing all my energy on, believe me! As a sportsman, you work so intensely in training with all the dedication and commitment you have in you and when you don't get the result you want OR DESERVE, it's harsh and hits you hard.

    And no matter what anyone else says - nothing can make you feel better, but in time, it's true what they say; "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!" Thank God I've got my family and team around me. Such immense support, positivity and encouragement and nothing can beat the DeGale spirit! I want to give a special mention to my little nephew who always brings a smile to my face. I know his affection is 100% genuine. He doesn’t judge me or have an opinion on how the fight went. He doesn’t care whether I win or lose. He doesn’t want me to analyse any of my fights. All he's interested in, is me chasing him around the house and playing games with him. He puts the world into perspective for me.

    That’s not taking the credit away from any of my team. You guys know who you are, and you know what your support means to me. The amount of support I've had from my fans and followers has been amazing! Thank you guys! It really helps to give encouragement and enthusiasm and belief in my path! Some people say you learn more about yourself when you lose rather than you win, and I actually think this might be true. I have been lucky enough to win a fair few fights in my time and winning the Olympic gold medal was my finest hour. Don’t get me wrong, I worked hard for that medal, probably harder than the other fighters. But sometimes I wonder how I would have coped if I had not won a medal or even got selected. I know how hard the boxers are training for 2012, but not all of them are going to get selected and some may even lose fights that they deserve to win. This is going to be mentally hard for all athletes in 2012. The world will be watching and expectations will be high.

    They just need to ensure they have a great team around them to catch them just in case they do fall, or fingers crossed a great team around them to party with them when they win a gold medal. Either way my recent fight has taught me how lucky I am to have MY team around me and I couldn’t be who I am without them. Luckily I already had a couple of things booked for after the fight. On Tuesday it was back to work with an XBOX Kinect sesssion to promo boxing on the sports game. It was really good fun and so lifelike, I'm thinking of incorporating it into my next training camp. Early Wednesday it was off to Marbella to chill with the boys - I'm sure some sun, sea, sand & Sangria will help to soften the blow - excuse the pun! I've got a meeting coming up with my promoter this week to go over the fight and talk about the next fight, so it'll be back to the gym before I know it. I think Frank has it planned for September and hopefully it'll be a fight to stay on track for the world title in 2012 - nothing will stand in my path for that!

    Comments (4)

    • Josh1983 'Good positive blog James and nice perspective with your nephew. Hopefully, your next fight in September will get you back on track!' added 2nd Jun 2011

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    • Jack87 'Only seen snippets of the fight, to be honest I think you should push for the rematch because it was so close. Can't say either of you deserved to win or lose really. ' added 6th Jun 2011

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    • Rachel_Amy 'Inspiring perspective on what life throws at you and how to deal with it- it's important to have someone or something, like your nephew, to keep you grounded.' added 5th Sep 2011

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    • DeedeeW 'Hope the prep for your next fight is going well, can't be long now' added 21st Sep 2011

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