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DeGale joins Matchroom stable

James DeGale has been unveiled as Matchroom Sport's latest signing and has been lined up for a shot at Carl Froch or George Groves.

The Londoner announced his split from promoter Mick Hennessey last week and has joined Eddie Hearn's growing stable of fighters.

DeGale edged closer to a WBC title shot with a stoppage win over Gevorg Khatchikian last month and Hearn confirmed at a media conference to announce the deal that DeGale will fight Brandon Gonzales on the undercard of the Groves v Froch rematch on 31 May.

DeGale's fight with the unbeaten Gonzales will act as a title eliminator, with the winner going on to face either Groves or Froch for the IBF & WBA Super middleweight titles.

"I'm back, I'm back big," said DeGale. "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.

"Potentially the fights out there for me are crazy, crazy. I can't look past Gonzales, this guy is unbeaten, he trained with Andre Ward and Amir Khan so that must inspire him.

"This guy is a good fighter I've seen clips of him. I can't overlook this guy so all my focus is on Gonzalez.

"After I have dealt with him then the big fights are there and that's what I need to motivate me and to get me boxing the best I can.

"The future is looking extremely bright so fasten your seatbelts. Enjoy the ride with me because it should be exciting and I'm looking forward to it."