James DeGale: 'I've endured a frustrating year'

British boxer James DeGale celebrates his win over Piotr Wilczewski on October 15, 2011
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British super-middleweight James DeGale reveals that he has felt "depressed" during his final 12 months with former promoter, Hennessy Sports.

British super-middleweight James DeGale has revealed that he feels "energised" after signing a deal to link up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport.

DeGale released a statement last week saying that he had left Hennessy Sports, and after deciding to join Hearn's stable, it was announced that DeGale would fight in a final eliminator for the IBF title against Brandon Gonzales at Wembley, with the winner facing Carl Froch or George Groves at a later date.

The 28-year-old told reporters: "The last year or so has been very frustrating for me. If I'm brutally honest, I've been depressed but that's the past and I am looking forward to the future.

"In the short space of time that we have announced this, I feel energised, I feel like I've got a new lease of life. So you are definitely going to see the best James Degale."

The former Olympic goal medallist has 18 wins from 19 professional encounters.

British boxer James DeGale celebrates his win over Piotr Wilczewski on October 15, 2011
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