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Parade gives DeGale 2012 quandary

DeGale in dilemma over turning pro

Olympic boxing champion James DeGale believes his experience at Thursday's parade in London may persuade him to remain amateur for 2012.

London middleweight DeGale, 22, has been offered big financial incentives to turn professional, which would rule him out of competing in the Olympics.

"This is pushing me towards 2012," said DeGale as fans applauded him. "It's hard to say no to all these people."

DeGale said he will announce a decision on his future by the end of the month.

Like many Olympic boxers, the choice between fighting professionally for money, or remaining amateur for the chance to earn more glory at the Games, has proved an agonising one for DeGale.

"To be honest, I'm looking for 2m over two years," he told BBC Radio 5 Live earlier this month.

"Some promoters are all mouth but as an Olympic gold medallist I should be really looking for that kind of money."

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DeGale had said the chance to secure his family's financial future was hugely attractive but, following the parade, he admitted fighting for gold in London was tempting.

"It's money, or stay and listen to the national anthem once again, hopefully," he said.

"Standing on the podium is unbelievable, but firstly you have to be the best in your country, then you have to qualify and go to the Olympics and win a medal.

"It's hard work - people don't realise it's hard work."

see also
DeGale in dilemma over turning pro
16 Oct 08 |  Olympics
Boxer DeGale weighs up pro career
06 Oct 08 |  Olympics
Superb DeGale lands boxing gold
23 Aug 08 |  Boxing


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