James DeGale was children’s TV star and more!
We all know James DeGale as the cocky undefeated British super-middleweight champion that won an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Games and the youngster that has improved ‘leaps and bounds’ since turning pro.
Well, with an impending date with long time rival and former gym mate George Groves on the horizon, the hotly tipped prospect revealed a few gems about himself to Sky Sports magazine this month that would definitely surprise you…
Here’s what DeGale had to say about…
Going to stage school
‘I was at Barbara Speake Stage School in London. I did ballet, tap and street dancing, and some acting and singing. I kept forgetting my ballet shoes as I didn’t really like it. But it definitely helped my boxing – it’s why I’m so good on my feet.’
Nearly doing Strictly Come Dancing
‘I was really close to doing it. The producers were talking to my mum, but it would have got in the way of training. In a couple of years’ time I would definitely love to give it a go.’
Staring on children’s TV
‘I’ve been on TV before as a kid. It was a programme with Floella Benjamin. It wasn’t a speaking part, just miming with hand movements. I was on TV a couple of days a week for the space of a month.’
Having false teeth
‘When I was 15, the geezer I used to work with brought one of his friends with him who was a kickboxer. He was saying how hard kickboxers are, and how they would beat boxers any day. We sparred and he kicked my tooth straight out. The dentist said if I put a permanent one in and it gets knocked out while I’m boxing, it could affect the bone. So I got a fake one instead which I just take out before I fight and put the gumshield in.’