Froch v Groves II: James DeGale backed to shine on Wembley stage
Trainer Jim McDonnell expects James DeGale to seize his chance to shine against Brandon Gonzales.
Last Updated: 30/05/14 2:48pm
DeGale will face the American in an IBF super-middleweight title eliminator at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Thousands of fight fans will be watching the Londoner, who can land a shot against the winner of the bill-topping clash between Carl Froch and George Groves.
But McDonnell is confident that DeGale will thrive off the big-fight atmosphere as he approaches one of the most important nights in his career.
"Eddie Hearn (DeGale's promoter) said at the first press conference: I think James is about the bright lights and the big fights," he told Skysports.com.
"I couldn't have put it better. Basically he's got his mojo back. He's excited, everyone is talking about it. It just feels like he's back on the back pages of the newspapers. This is what he's about."
Gonzales' trainer Virgil Hunter has played down suggestions that his lack of 12-round experience could prove a weakness this weekend.
The Sacramento man is facing his first fight over this distance and McDonnell, a former fighter himself, feels this will be a nagging doubt in his mind.
"He's a real good fighter. The only thing I will say and I've got to say - is I don't think he's ready," said McDonnell.
"The reason why I've said that is I've been a 12-round fighter, I know what that takes, physically and mentally.
"You can do 20 rounds in the gym, it don't matter. Doing it under the bright lights, with little gloves on is different. When it comes to this fight, he's never had a 12-rounder.
"Technically he's very, very good. He ticks all the boxes, is a class act. You've got to be able to do that for 12 rounds. Until you've done it, you don't now you can."