It’s only going to be 120 days before James DeGale finally gets a shot at a world title - but the challenger of the future couldn’t resist another pop at his west London nemesis.
The Harlesden super-middleweight will face the winner of Groves v Froch, and Chunky beaten twice by Hammersmith boxer Groves was hoping before the big one of the night at Wembley, the fighter whose beaten him twice gets a pasting from Carl Froch.
He said: “Hopefully, Groves gets knocked out, but I’m ready for him if not.”
DeGale was more than ready for unbeaten American Brandon Gonzales. In fact, he floored him after just 10 seconds and then repeated the feat to a devastating conclusion 2:38 into the fourth round.
Chunky has had his critics claiming he’s no puncher - he proved them all wrong as trainer Jim McDonnell pointed out.
“James stuck to the game plan,” he said. “This was only the beginning of what he’ll become over the next three or four years.”
The 28-year-old can see the Wembley arch from his home down the road, and agreed he had made a statement in his own back yard.
He added: “It was my homecoming, and I’d like to see it again, but he was hurt. I’m 100 per cent ready (for a title shot). The last couple of fights I’ve been going in unhappy. But this final eliminator was mandated, and I’m ready for the winner of Froch and Groves.”