James DeGale will use Chris Eubank Jr’s sparring jibes as motivation ahead of their make-or-break clash next month.
The British super-middleweights meet on February 23 at The O2 in London with the loser facing retirement.
The pair sparred almost 10 years ago with Eubank claiming he “schooled” the more experienced DeGale.
But the Londoner said: “I’m a proud man and to hear Eubank Jr spout off at the time and at every opportunity he’s had since to tell to people that he ‘schooled me’ after that sparring session has stuck with me.
“It may have been eight years ago now, but I knew there would come a time when I would make him eat his words and I can’t wait to finally make him pay for it.
“He used that sparring session to come down and make a name for himself and say that he beat me, people who weren’t there and all his followers on social media who don’t know what happened, of course, are going to believe what he said, but the whole nation will now get to see for real what I will do to him and it won’t be behind closed door and from gossip,
“I know what happened in that ring and training in the same ring every day reminds that I made him quit and I can make him do it again.
“I’m already one up against him, but sparring with a headguard and big gloves is completely different to doing it in the ring for real. I just can’t wait to be wearing the little 8oz gloves and doing it for real.”
DeGale vs Eubank Jr will be shown on ITV Box Office. For further information, visit www.itvboxoffice.com