DeGale arrived back home on Tuesday with the IBF’s super-middleweight belt after??winning a points decision over?? Andre Dirrell in Boston at the weekend.
Groves, who four years ago handed DeGale his sole defeat as a professional, will now aim to emulate his fellow Londoner’s achievement when he goes to the United States to challenge for Badou Jack’s WBC title.
And DeGale says he is ready to reignite a feud which has simmered since the former gym-mates’ amateur days.
“I’m ready to go again want to fight as soon as,” he said on arrival at the airport, “but it looks like September or October. Who do you lot want to see me fight?
“There’s a massive fight with George Groves down the line, and hopefully he wins that world title in America, but I’m easy. There’s so many fights out there. I’m in boxing for the big fights.
“Obviously I’d like to fight (Groves) again and get the win over him, but let’s just let him do his job first and win that WBC title.
“Our rivalry goes back, it’s not a made-up rivalry. It’s serious – we don’t like each other, so I think it’s natural fight to be made and I look forward to it.”