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James DeGale eyes Badou Jack unification fight in September

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James DeGale is confident victory on Saturday will set up a world title unification fight against Badou Jack in London in early September.

The Briton has not fought on home soil since winning the belt via a unanimous decision over American Andre Dirrell almost a year ago and has taken to calling himself "road warrior".

There's been another unanimous points win since, beating former champion Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) in Canada last November, and on Saturday DeGale makes a second defence against Mexican Rogelio Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) at the Armory in Washington.

DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) is eager to meet Las Vegas-based Swede Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs), who defends his WBC belt for the second time against Bute on the same bill in Washington after a split decision win over DeGale's fellow Londoner George Groves last September.

"I just need to win this and then I will get my chance in a unification fight," DeGale told ESPN.

"People are sticking me up there as the best super-middleweight in the world and I want to prove it.

"I just have to win, how ever I do it. If I win this one and then box Badou Jack to unify the division, that will be the statement I want to make.

"There's a lot of talk and Al Haymon has said that the fight could happen in London and Eddie Hearn is working towards a homecoming fight.

"I have told them I want the fight in the UK. I've not fought in the UK as champion yet and hopefully it can happen in the first couple weeks of September.

"Jack has proven in his last couple fights against Groves and against [Anthony] Dirrell that that guy is a worthy world champion and he can fight.

"I say within six rounds I'm going to stop Medina. No disrespect to Medina. He's a good fighter in his own right. But I'm a couple levels above him. I'm elite. I'm an elite fighter. I'm the best in the division. So I should have no problems in the fight."

But as much as he yearns to fight back at home, DeGale is not concerned that boxing across the Atlantic for his last three bouts has damaged his profile at a time when Britain boasts 12 world champions.

The 30-year-old, a 2008 Olympic gold medallist, points to Bolton's Amir Khan as an example of a Briton plying his trade successfully in the States.

Khan has not fought in Britain for three years and a week after DeGale's fight, he'll step up two weight divisions to take on Mexican Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title in his biggest fight and payday yet.

DeGale himself, who has been training in Miami for the past week, has opted to fight in the States as better money was offered and is not planning on dwelling in the sport without being well rewarded.

"Amir is still one of our biggest fighters in the UK and when you mention our biggest fighters it's him, Anthony Joshua and the heavyweights," DeGale told ESPN.

"Amir Khan is in a massive fight in a couple weeks and he's going in as the underdog, going up two weight divisions. People don't expect him to win but I really think he can.

"He's earned some serious money fighting in America. It's good to be exposed to the US audience because it's the biggest industry for boxing.

"I'm pretty happy coming to America to fight and earning money is why we are prizefighters at the end of the day. I love the accolades and the belts, but we box for money.

"I've always said when I've got enough money in the bank so I don't have to work again I will give up.

"What it's all about now is making a name for myself and building a legacy so when I do retire people can say he's one of Britain's best."