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DeGale torn over future direction

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Londoner DeGale tempted by 2012 repeat

Britain's Olympic middleweight champion James DeGale admits he faces a dilemma over his future after winning gold.

The 22-year-old has reportedly been offered 1m to turn professional, but he would also love to defend his Olympic title on home soil in 2012.

"It will be hard to say no to 1m but it's not just about money - it's a feeling too. It's going to be a difficult decision," he said.

"To win another gold medal in my home city in 2012 would be fantastic."

The Hammersmith-born boxer said he would also seek the opinion of Great Britain boxing coach Terry Edwards before taking any action.

"Representing your country and standing on a podium with a medal is an unbelievable feeling," he said.

"There are a lot of rewards out there for professionals - I could become middleweight champion of the world, but I'm going to see what Terry says.

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"I'm going to go home and spend some time with my family. I'll sit down with them and talk about it."

Renowned boxing manager Frank Warren, who looks after Athens silver medallist Amir Khan, said he had not made DeGale an offer to turn professional but stated that if the boxer is simply interested about earning big money then he has only one option.

"James knows what he's doing," Warren told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"At the moment if you're a 'podium boxer' then you earn about 75,000. Out of that James will have to pay expenses and travelling. It's nowhere near the type of money he could earn as a professional."

DeGale's gold was the pick of the three medals won by British boxers in Beijing, and the timing of the success could have further benefits for the sport.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently stated he wanted boxing to take a more prominent role in schools, and DeGale praised the sport's potential to keep youngsters out of trouble.

"I say get in the gym. Get in the gym because it gives you lots of discipline. Boxing has made me a better person," he said.

"All those little kids, all the little teenagers that want to be naughty - get in the gym."


Boxing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 2 1 1 4
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
2 also show each event results forRussia 2 0 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 1 3
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 0 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 1 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forMongolia 1 1 0 2
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forThailand 1 1 0 2
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 1 0 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 0 2 3
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forKazakhstan 1 0 1 2
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 0 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 1 2
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 1 0 0
Men's Super Heavy Weight (+91k 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forDominican Rep 1 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forCuba 0 4 4 8
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 1 0
Men's Fly Weight (51kg) 0 1 0
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 1 0
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forFrance 0 2 1 3
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 1 0
Men's Light Welter Weight (64k 0 0 1
12 also show each event results forIreland 0 1 2 3
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg) 0 0 1
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg 0 1 0
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 1 1
Men's Light Weight (60kg) 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forAzerbaijan 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forIndia 0 0 1 1
Men's Middle Weight (75kg) 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forMauritius 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forRep of Moldova 0 0 1 1
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg) 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Men's Welter Weight (69kg) 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forTurkey 0 0 1 1
Men's Feather Weight (57kg) 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg) 0 0 1

see also
Superb DeGale lands boxing gold
23 Aug 08 |  Boxing
DeGale sparkles on way to final
22 Aug 08 |  Boxing
Briton DeGale wins boxing medal
20 Aug 08 |  Boxing


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