James DeGale tells opponent Andre Dirrell 'my time is now'
James DeGale has warned Andre Dirrell that he is due his first world title as he prepares for their IBF super-middleweight fight in Boston on 23 May.
"My time is here and I am going to be crowned the IBF world champion," said 29-year-old DeGale.
"When the pressure is on and I am a little nervous, that's when I come into my own, I relish it."
DeGale has lost just once in 21 fights, when George Groves shaded a tight decision in May 2011.
Since that defeat DeGale has won his next 10 fights - most recently stopping Marco Antonio Periban in the third round of an impressive display in November.
American Dirrell's only defeat in 24 fights came via a split decision against Carl Froch in Nottingham in October 2009.