DeGale will fight Chris Eubank Jr on February 23 at the O2 Arena, London.

The super middleweight grudge match comes after a bubbling feud between the two which originated in 2012 when Eubank Jr claimed to have “schooled” DeGale during a sparring session.

Both fighters have suffered career-denting losses in recent fights, with DeGale being outpointed by Caleb Truax for his IBF super middleweight strap before unconvincingly avenging the defeat, while Eubank Jr lost a unanimous decision to George Groves in February 2018.

DeGale, 32, is three years older than his opponent and heads into the fight off a string of unimpressive performances.

Although recognised as a more fleet-footed, technically-gifted pugilist than the explosive but misled Eubank Jr, there are serious questions over DeGale’s age and condition.

When asked on Toe 2 Toe whether DeGale has enough in the tank to conjure up a win, former world-level light heavyweight Prince said: “In a word: no.

“When I saw DeGale – he could be next to me right now and I’d say the same thing – he just looked drawn, like he’s not living the life.

“As an ex-professional champion, looking at him I think it’s his last days. And Eubank’s picked this fight at the right time.

“So if Eubank’s improving and he’s learnt from the Groves fight – if he goes in with DeGale and works hard, puts him under pressure – he will break him down.”

Fellow guest and Sky Sports boxing pundit Spencer Fearon also gave his honest assertion on the contest.

“We have to be real, there is someone who’s in the recline of his career right now, and that’s James DeGale,” Fearon said.

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“You could possibly argue that James DeGale has not shown us a good performance since beating Andre Dirrell [in May 2015] for the world title.

“Rogelio Medina wasn’t a very good performance. The Truax fight, the first and second fight… I could see Chris Eubank Jr giving you a nightmare if he was to stick it on you.

“But you could win this fight, because technically you are supremely more gifted than Eubank Jr, but Eubank Jr is more gifted as an athlete than you are.”

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