James DeGale insists he can be British or Commonwealth champion by the end of the year as he prepares for his first 12-round fight in the domestic scene.
DeGale, 24, will face Sam Horton at Upton Park on 15 May. The fight is for the little-regarded WBA international belt, but DeGale believes he can use it to impress.
“This title is a step to becoming British or Commonwealth champion by the end of the year,” DeGale said.
“I’m like a soldier at the moment – strong, fit and I can’t wait.”
DeGale has won all six of his fights since turning professional.
Originally the fight was scheduled for six rounds and although his next contest is scheduled for the full 12 the Londoner does not expect to be taken deep into the fight by a man who has won 14 of 15 fights, but only twice triumphed inside the distance.
DeGale finished by saying “Domestically I’m already the best.”