James Degale MBE Retirement Statement

TEN AND OUT!
Today marks ten years since my professional debut fight on 28th February 2009 and today is the day I am announcing my retirement from boxing.

It’s been an unbelievable journey and I’ve had an amazing decade – if I’m honest, the best years of my life – and having started boxing at the age of nine then being selected as part of the England Amateurs squad, I’ve collected many memories along the way.

It’s hard to admit that I’m not the fighter I once was, but I’m human and along the way, my injuries have taken a toll – both on mind and body and these things have contributed to impact my performance in the ring.I lost the fight on Saturday at The O2 but I’m touched to have a good send off from the fans in my home city.

The day after the fight, someone said to me that one fight does not determine a legacy.  

Looking back, if someone had told me at the start of my boxing career, when I was in the England squad, that I would become an Olympic Gold Medallist, British and European Champion and Two-Time World Champion, I would never have believed them, but I did it and I’d like to think I did it the clean, honest and hard way with discipline and respect to the sport I love. 

I’m proud to say that I’ve made history as the first ever British Olympian boxer to turn professional and to win a World Title and I am also proud to have been a road warrior – to travel wherever I needed to be to fight and to win.  

There’s nothing left to prove.A majority of the greats go out on loss and for me, it’s time to hang up the gloves and to move on with my head held high.

Before I close off, let me mention a few people who have been with me through the highs and the lows:

Firstly, thank you to all of my fans and supporters – it’s been great to meet some of you along the way – thank you for your support – it’s carried me to the top!

To the media … there’s too many of you to thank personally but thanks for the coverage and for the jokes along the way.  

A special mention to Richard Maynard, you are a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with.

The major U.K TV networks that my fights have been televised on: Sky Sports, BT Sport, Channel 5, BBC and I’m happy that I ended on ITV.  

Showtime in the U.S who have a fantastic team that have featured me plenty of times.

Special thanks to: My family and friends who have cheered me along from the start.  Your loyalty and encouragement is second to none. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To my trainer Jimsky – we did it Jim and we saw it through together – thank you for all your love, time, patience and advice.  To you and all the McDonnell family – this is not goodbye – we will be friends & family for life.

Nick Palma – you came onboard more recently and I value the support you’ve given me during our sessions together – thank you.

Paulie Malignaggi – thank you for coming on board and for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience of the sport.  I always appreciate your direct honesty and support and consider you a friend for life.

Steve Newland – thank you for picking me up, brushing me and down and starting all over again and for believing in me – I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for you.

Joseph John – my sidekick and my true friend who tells me what I need to hear rather than what I want to hear – I appreciate your friendship.  Thank you.

My eternal love and gratitude goes to my Mum and Dad for being there through thick and thin from the very beginning – I couldn’t have done this without you!To my siblings – my Sister Eloise (Smells) for being at my beck and call 24/7 – thank you!  My two brothers Alex and Lewis and my cousins Jacob and Rian who stood in the background and willed me on and wanted me to succeed no matter what – thank you!

Last but not least THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, the family man – Alan Haymon for supporting and guiding me through the last chapter of my career!  You put the boxers first!  I will never forget you.

Thank you to each and everyone one of you for the part you have played in my career and in making me THE ROAD WARRIOR, THE HISTORY MAN!Thank you for the memories – over and out.

 James ‘CHUNKY’ DeGale MBE
28th February 2019

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EUBANK JR. COMES OF AGE TO SECURE CAREER BEST WIN OVER RIVAL DEGALE

PIC; LAWRENCE LUSTIG

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. went head-to-head last night in their hotly anticipated grudge match at The O2, promoted by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Poxon Sports, exclusively live in the U.K on ITV Box Office in the U.S on Showtime.

With bad blood between the two fighters stretching back nearly a decade and so much on the line, tensions were running high.  Each fighter was desperate to prevail on the night and DeGale, the Former Two-Time IBF World Champion, had gone so far as to dub the bout ‘the retirement fight’ in the build-up.

While DeGale did enough to edge a cagey first round, Eubank Jr. set the pace in the second round as he unleashed a bruising left hook spark an eight count against his rival from referee Michael Alexander.

From that point on, DeGale, who suffered a cut above his left eye in the early exchanges, fought courageously but struggled to find answers to the younger Eubank Jr.’s consistent level of aggression and intensity, which never diminished as the fight wore on. 

Eubank Jr. demonstrated great patience to slowly build up a point advantage with flurries of activity before he again used his bullish strength to send DeGale to the canvas in the tenth round with another left hook.

Degale picked himself up and fought on with pride and guts but a relentless Eubank Jr. finished strongly to make sure of victory in 12 rounds, which came by unanimous scores of 117-109, 114-112 and 115-112.

The Brighton based fighter received warm applause from fans on all sides of the packed O2 arena when his arm was held aloft by the referee to signify not only victory but the most significant win of his professional career.

After the fight, Eubank Jr. said, “I’m back where I need to be – at the top of the food chain and now I’m coming for all the other belts in the Super-Middleweight division. I knew he (DeGale) would come in here and run, I’ve been working on my jabs, he is a very slick southpaw but the gameplan worked, smart pressure, not getting too ahead of myself, picking my shots and choosing my time to attack.”

DeGale, who was immediately gracious in defeat, said, “Chris is tough, he is a good prospect, he was on it. I just didn’t do enough. There were a lot of wild punches, punches I didn’t see. He was nicking the rounds and I have to go back and watch it. I just didn’t do enough.”

DeGale also took a moment to deservedly reflect, despite the defeat, on his incredible career and achievements in the ring, “I’ve been to the heights of boxing, I’ve won an Olympic gold medal, won the world title twice, made history and I’ve boxed the best around the world, I’ve left my mark in boxing.”

On a high-quality undercard Olympic silver-medallist Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce steamrolled Former WBC World Champion Bermane Stiverne in the sixth round to defend his Commonwealth title and extend his unbeaten record to eight victories.  

The win also sees Joyce line himself up for a shot at the WBA ‘regular’ World Title.

Earlier in the night, Wales’ Lee Selby fought on with cuts above both eyes when he moved up two weight divisions to beat Omar Douglas in his first bout at lightweight. He won 116-112, 116-112, 116-114 to claim the Vacant IBF Intercontinental title.

Andre Sterling put himself in line for a shot at the winner of Josh Buatsi and Liam Conroy for the British Light-Heavyweight title after defeating Ricky Summers by unanimous points decision on scores of 97-92, 97-92, 97-93.

LCpl Chez Nihell, 6-time UK Combined Services Champion and England’s 2018 ABA Elite Super-Heavyweight Champion, kicked off his pro-career with a 39-37 win over Kent Kauppinen.

Belfast southpaw Anthony Cacace defeated Argentina’s Alan Castillo torecord a sold points win on scores of 79-74 as he looks to get back into title contention this year.

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DEGALE PRIMED AND READY FOR EUBANK JR AHEAD OF BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN

Lean and ripped DeGale puts on power-packed display ahead of big fight

“The smile will be wiped from his face” promises Degale
With little over a week until he steps between the ropes at The O2 to confront his bitter rival Chris Eubank Jr, Two-Time IBF World Champion James DeGale MBE today exhibited his lean and sculpted physique, hand speed and power-punching to a captivated audience at a packed media work out at Stonebridge ABC in Wembley.

Looking ripped and ready, DeGale moved with poise and grace around the ring, mixing it up with speed and power to make it clear to everyone present that he’s primed to do battle with his Brighton arch-rival on Saturday 23rd February, exclusively live in the U.K on ITV Box Office and in the U.S on Showtime, promoted by Premier Boxing Champions and Poxon Sports. DeGale was put through his paces by his long-time trainer Jim McDonnell in front of the watching media and also former IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker and Team DeGale member Paulie Malignaggi, the former WBA and IBF World Welterweight Champion.

He expressed some stern words of warning for Eubank Jr, “Come February 23rd the smile will be wiped off his face. He’s all show. If I’m honest, if his surname was Smith, you wouldn’t know who he was. He’s riding off his dad’s name. There are levels in boxing and I’m on a level above him. Come fight night, it’s going to be a schooling. Eubank Jr is gonna get schooled. I’ve dubbed this a ‘retirement’ fight. When he loses, he’s finished, he’s done. This will be his last fight.”

He added, “I’m so excited about this fight. I’ve been training for a long time and I’m feeling great, feeling focused and ready to do battle. The last couple of years, injury wise, have been very frustrating for me. But now I can honestly say that I’m feeling great. I’m going to put in a fantastic performance against Chris. Come February 23rd it’s going to be a fantastic night and a fantastic victory for me.” 

DeGale even found time to surprise his mum Diane with a bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers before posing for photographers who captured his relaxed determination as fight night approaches.  

Commenting on fighting in London again, DeGale added, “I’m a London boy through and through. I was raised in Harlesden and I’m proud of my city, proud of where I’m from. So, it will be good to go back to The O2 and put on a fantastic performance for the fans. I can’t wait.”
A Storm Is Coming is headlined by the long awaited domestic blockbuster showdown between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr for the Vacant IBO World Super-Middleweight Championship; Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce defends his title against Challenger and Former WBC World Champion Bermane Stiverne; Former IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby returns to action and takes on Omar Douglas; The British Heavyweight Title Eliminator between Andre Sterling and Ricky Summers. Plus an action packed undercard featuring super-featherweight Anthony Cacacae; welterweight Chris Kongo; light-heavyweight Seb Eubank and the pro-debut of cruiserweight Chez Nihell.

Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk
This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com
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DeGALE & EUBANK JR. FACE OFF ON TOP OF O2 AHEAD OF ARENA BLOCKBUSTER

James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. squared up on top of the world-famous O2 today ahead of their much-anticipated fight inside the arena on February 23.
Going toe-to-toe with the stunning London skyline as the backdrop, the pair faced off 52 metres above ground level on the Up At The O2 walkway – with the city’s brooding clouds a perfect match for the fight’s title – A Storm Is Coming.

The boxers set foot on the landmark’s famous canvas roof as they count down the weeks before they enter the ring staged beneath it on 23 February where they will each aim to send the other tumbling to the canvas in defeat. 

Donning ITV Box Office-branded robes and gloves for the event, the fighters continued the build-up to their electrifying Super Middleweight clash with a few words to each other as they were filmed by a drone as part of the channel’s fight promotion ahead of its exclusive live coverage.

James DeGale said: “This is a great view – but the best sight for me will be when the referee raises my arm at the end of the fight. By knockout or points, either way I’m leaving the ring the winner.  Having the London skyline as the backdrop is entirely appropriate – I’m aiming for the stars, but first I aim to conquer Chris Eubank at The O2.”

Chris Eubank Jr said: “I’m right at the the top of my game – and I want the city to shake with the impact of my punches. The only view that’s going to stick in his mind is looking up at me from the canvas after I lay him out.”

The fight will be shown exclusively live on ITV Box Office and features a full undercard including Lee Selby’s big ring return against Omar Douglas, a heavyweight collision between Commonwealth Champion Joe Joyce and challenger and Former World Champion Bermane Stiverne and the British Light-Heavyweight Title Eliminator between Andre Sterling and Ricky Summers.

As a bonus for fight fans, later in the evening ITV Box Office will feature live coverage of the WBC Super Middleweight title fight between Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim.  All the action from this clash will come live from Minneapolis, Minnesota following the conclusion of DeGale v Eubank Jr.

Meanwhile, legendary boxing International Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr has been confirmed as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

For ITV Box Office, Mark Pougatch hosts live from ringside, with commentary from Ronald McIntosh and Duke McKenzie, and reporting from Gabriel Clarke.

Brought to you by ITV Box Office, Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by Poxon Sports, access to the event is priced at £19.95 and is now available to buy for Sky customers.

Richard Poxon said: “Fight fans can expect a feast of boxing – with an all-British headline fight between two of the country’s greatest fighters in recent years, a full undercard, and then the switch to the WBC title contest between Dirrell and Yildirim.  It’s a huge night for the Super Middleweight division and it’s all on ITV Box Office.”

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DEGALE & EUBANK BAD BLOOD CONTINUES TO BOIL

British rivals meet to film ITV Sports’ Face-To-Face special Tensions high between enemies with under three weeks to big fight Two-Time World Champion DeGale labels Eubank Jr. ‘a joke’Eubank Jr. provokes DeGale by saying he’ll claim the rest of his teeth

The bitter animosity between British super-middleweight rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. fired up again when the warring pair came head-to-head behind closed doors to film a special programme for fight broadcaster ITV Sport.


With the big-fight just under three weeks’ away, the bad blood is boiling up between the long-time enemies, who’s feud has stretched to nearly eight years, ahead of the ‘A Storm is Coming’ grudge fight promoted by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Poxon Sports on Saturday 23rd February at The O2, exclusively live on ITV Box Office.


The fiery confrontation took place at a gritty converted former industrial factory in the backstreets of East London last week where DeGale and Eubank got up close-and-personal to film ITV Sports’ The Big Fight: DeGale vs Eubank Jr – Face to Face.  


The special programme will broadcast on fight week and forms part of an unprecedented week of original programming content for ITV Sport, culminating in the big-fight on Saturday night.


DeGale and Eubank went face-to-face across a table with only ITV Sports’ man in the middle, the multi-award winning broadcaster Gabriel Clarke, who fired off hard-hitting questions to both fighters during a gripping and intense session that brought out the character, emotion and desire of both men ahead of their pivotal clash with everything on the line.


The 168 pound warrior have been priming their minds and bodies ready for the impending battle and with the clock ticking down towards their epic showdown, tensions were clearly running high and nearly boiled over as their escalating war of words and insults had two security guards poised to step in.


In one heated exchange DeGale ridiculed Brighton star Eubank Jr’s claims that he would outbox the more experience Olympic and Two-Time World Champion. DeGale stormed: “You think you can outbox me? I’ve won an Olympic Gold medal and world titles. You’re a joke.”


Eubank Jr. later ripped into DeGale and promised he would claim the rest his teeth, referring to the brutal world title unification fight between DeGale and Badou Jack in January 2017 when the Londoner’s two front teeth were punched out. Eubank mocked: “You’ve already had your two front teeth knocked out, I’m going to take the rest of them home with me.”


Even after Clarke had finished his questioning and filming had concluded, the pair continued to have an angry exchange and tellingly they bluntly refused to shake hands after Clarke looked for a sign of respect between them.  DeGale coldly said, “I’m not shaking his hand until after the fight.”


The Big Fight: DeGale vs Eubank Jr – Face to Face certainly promises to be compelling and gripping viewing for the watching audience on ITV ahead of the eagerly anticipated DeGale v Eubank mega-fight when it premieres on Thursday 21st February at 2345.
Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk
This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com
For further event information, please visit www.poxonsports.uk and www.premierboxingchampions.com or follow on Twitter and Instagram at @PoxonSports, @PremierBoxing, @ITVBoxOffice, @ITVBoxing and join the conversation with #DeGaleEubankJr


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DEGALE AND EUBANK JR. KEPT SEPARATED AT BIG FIGHT PROMO SHOOT

London (11 January 2019) The bad blood between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. meant that the bitter rivals had to be kept well apart to film their ITV Box Office promotional video at the iconic Pinewood studios this week. 

With the spectre of James Bond looming in the background, the pair had to be allocated separate filming times for their parts in the thrilling, soon to be released, commercial for their A Storm Is Coming showdown at The O2 on Saturday 23rd February, exclusively live on ITV Box Office

The animosity stems from an infamous sparring session in 2011 when Harlesden’s DeGale, then preparing to challenge for a European title challenge, said that Eubank jumped out of the ring after six rounds instead of completing the eight rounds as agreed and disrespected him. 

Brighton star Eubank, who had only had a handful of fights at the time, later claimed that he had ‘schooled’ DeGale, during the session which infuriated the Olympic Champion and the touch paper was lit for the most intense rivalry since Nigel Benn versus Chris Eubank Snr. in the 1990s. 

For the last few years the pair have traded words, but they finally came face-to-face last week at the official press conference to announce the long awaited fight last week and ITV producers and executives did not want to take the risk of a fight before the BIG fight and kept them separated at all times during filming.

DeGale said, “I can’t stand him and I’m counting the down the days until February 23 when I get to finish him off once and for all for the good of British boxing.  The posturing, his attitude, his personality, it’s all a joke to me, his career reminds me of a Carry On film.  Believe me, he’ll be dropped to the cutting room floor.”

Eubank countered, “I’m glad I’m getting to him already, he’s done his best to avoid me since I arrived on the scene. He’s wanted no part of me and has done everything he can to dodge me until now. I was happy to film the commercial with him, I’m a man in control of my emotions, but clearly he’s not. James DeGale is history, like celluloid, I’m the future.”

Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk.This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office.

For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com

Late last year, ITV announced a ground-breaking new deal with Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) to bring exclusive coverage of exciting PBC world-class boxing events to ITV viewers and fight fans in the UK.

The unique collaboration is the first time that Haymon Sports and PBC has partnered with a UK broadcaster to stage boxing events regularly in the UK. The exclusive three-year deal will guarantee a minimum of 15 televised events each year, drawing from PBC’s unrivalled group of over 160 of the best boxers in the world, which includes more than 60 current and former world champions in matches staged both in the UK and the US.

PBC, the sports’ pre-eminent boxing brand, is broadcast over cable and network television in the United States.   The world-class action from events for the next three years will include free-to-air broadcasts on ITV’s channels, including ITV main channel and ITV4 and ITV Hub, and will also include pay per views on ITV’s PPV channel, ITV Box Office.

This new deal for boxing adds to ITV Sport’s portfolio of first class events, which includes exclusive free to air coverage of the England football team’s qualifiers for both the European Championship and World Cup, the 6 Nations and exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup, UK horse racing, the Tour de France and the French Open.

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TICKETS ON SALE AT MIDDAY TODAY FOR DEGALE V EUBANK SHOWDOWN AT THE O2


London (7 January 2019) Poxon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions are delighted to announce that tickets for the Battle of Britain clash between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday 23rd February at The O2 will go on sale at MIDDAY today.

DeGale and Eubank Jr finally meet in an eagerly anticipated contest which promises to be as explosive and thrilling as the great all British Benn-Eubank and Froch-Groves confrontations of the past. After years of animosity and a hostile war of words, the bitter enemies will put everything on the line with the winner claiming the Best of British bragging rights, all set inside the perfect backdrop of The O2 in the capital that has hosted many of the big domestic blockbuster fights in recent years.

Tickets are priced at:  £40 & £60 (Level 4/Upper Bowl),  £80, £100 and £150 (Level 1/Lower Bowl) £150/£200/£300 (Floor) £600 Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality* All prices are subject to booking fees. *VIP Hospitality includes separate bar/hospitality area, complimentary wine/beer, with canapés and will operate from approximately 6pm to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased fromwww.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk

The show will start at approximately 6pm with the Main Event in the ring shortly after 10pm. A full supporting, action-packed, undercard will be announced shortly. For further event information, please visit www.poxonsports.uk and www.premierboxingchampions.com or follow on Twitter and Instagram at @PoxonSports, @PremierBoxing, @ITVBoxing and join the conversation with #DeGaleEubankJr

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DEGALE AND EUBANK COLLIDE IN BRITISH BLOCKBUSTER BATTLE

Courtesy of Lawrence Lustig

London (3 January 2019) Bitter rivals James DeGale MBE and Chris Eubank Jnr. met face-to-face at the Hotel Cafe Royal in central London today at a press conference to announce their highly-anticipated blockbuster showdown on Saturday 23rd February at The O2, exclusively live on ITV Box Office.

The exciting, all-British, clash marks the debut event for Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) in the UK following the groundbreaking deal announced with ITV and Poxon Sports. DeGale and Eubank Jnr will finally settle their long-running war of words in a super-middleweight championship contest to finally decide the Best of British in the biggest boxing rivalry since the epic Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank wars over a quarter of century ago.

DeGale, Former Two-Time IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion, said,

“When he first turned professional he was calling me out, he’s very deluded.  On February 23rd I get my chance to deal with this guy good and proper and finish him.  After Eubank has lost to me I don’t know where he is going to go.  I’m calling this the retirement fight and whoever losses can knock it on the head, it’s game over.  He’s got heart and big set of balls but that’s not going to be enough to beat me.”

Eubank Jnr, Former IBO World Super-Middleweight Champion, said,

“This fight has been four or five years in the making and it’s going to be a painful lesson for him. I’ve been training for years to beat him and I know everything about him.  James talks retirement, but that has never even come into my mind.  I hope he can bring the best he can bring on the night and give the fans the most exciting and explosive fight that we possibly can. I just don’t think he has what it takes.”

Promoter Richard Poxon of Poxon Sports, said,

“This is a fantastic all British super-middleweight fight that takes us back to the glory days on ITV.  James DeGale against Chris Eubank Jnr is one of the most highly anticipated fights of recent years and I can’t wait for it.  Everyone knows the calibre and quality of James, an Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion.  Chris is a top level fighter, but feels that he has something to prove after the George Groves fight and will be going all out for it.  It’s going to be a war between the two of them and the fans at The O2 and the viewers on ITV Box Office are in for something special.”

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 4th January at midday to O2 Priority customers and to the Public at midday on Monday 7 Jan. Tickets available from www.AXS.com and Inner Ringside/VIP Hospitality from www.sportandmusic.co.uk. This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com. 

Late last year, ITV announced a ground-breaking new deal with Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) to bring exclusive coverage of exciting PBC world-class boxing events to ITV viewers and fight fans in the UK. The unique collaboration is the first time that Haymon Sports and PBC has partnered with a UK broadcaster to stage boxing events regularly in the UK.

The exclusive three-year deal will guarantee a minimum of 15 televised events each year, drawing from PBC’s unrivalled group of over 160 of the best boxers in the world, which includes more than 60 current and former world champions in matches staged both in the UK and the US.

PBC, the sports’ pre-eminent boxing brand, is broadcast over cable and network television in the United States.  

The world-class action from events for the next three years will include free-to-air broadcasts on ITV’s channels, including ITV main channel and ITV4 and ITV Hub, and will also include pay per views on ITV’s PPV channel, ITV Box Office.

This new deal for boxing adds to ITV Sport’s portfolio of first class events, which includes exclusive free to air coverage of the England football team’s qualifiers for both the European Championship and World Cup, the 6 Nations and exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup, UK horse racing, the Tour de France and the French Open.

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DeGALE VACATES IBF CROWN

 

Two-Time IBF World Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale MBE has today relinquished his title as he closes in on securing big-fights in the final phase of his illustrious ring career.
 
DeGale, a former British and European Champion, has ruled the 168 pound division split over two reigns as World Champion totalling almost three years and has been involved in six IBF World Championship contests.
 
The Londoner is proud to have held the organisation’s prestigious and famous red and gold World Title belt that has been worn by many of the great fighters at the weight including legends Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jnr.
 
DeGale began his first reign as IBF World Champion in May 2015 by making history to become Britain’s first ever Olympic Champion to win a world title when he sensationally defeated Andre Dirrell in Boston to claim the vacant belt.
 
The trail-blazing Londoner then continued his campaign across the Atlantic to gain respect from the media and fans’ as he made the first successful defence of the title against former IBF World Champion Lucian Bute in Canada in November that year.
 
In April 2016, DeGale returned to the U.S to make the second defence of the title against tough Mexican Rogelio Medina in Washington which he won on a majority decision.
 
DeGale then aimed to solidify his dominance of the 168 pound division by attempting to unify his IBF title against WBC World Champion Badou Jack in January 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. In an electrifying, all-action fight, DeGale retained his title by way of controversial draw that many felt DeGale had won.
 
A British homecoming world title defence against American Caleb Truax in December 2017 was ruined after DeGale lost his title on a points decision in a below par performance. He later admitted it was because he returned to the ring too soon after having career saving surgery to his shoulder following the Jack fight.
 
However, DeGale proved his champion’s heart by facing Truax in his backyard for the rematch in April this year in Las Vegas when he reclaimed the title with a dominant display to win clearly on the judges’ scorecards.
 
DeGale was due to be involved in a purse bid for his IBF mandated title defence against Interim Champion Jose Uzcategui this Thursday (5th July), but has now withdrawn.
 
DeGale said, “No World champion easily gives up their World title that they’ve earned the hard way in the ring and I’ve proudly held the IBF World title in two reigns with pride and distinction which is why it makes it very hard decision to relinquish the belt. It has been a pleasure to work with the IBF and I would like to thank president Daryl Peoples for allowing me to challenge and hold the distinguished belt that so many of the division’s great champions have held before for me. It has been a honour to be recognised as the IBF World Champion and I hope that by now vacating it will ease the transition to determine a successor between the Interim champion Jose Uzcategui and the next highly ranked available contender. I’ve achieved so much in my career, Olympic Gold, British, European and International titles and two-time World Champion and I believe I’m at the top of my game right now. I’m in the final phase of my career where I have a few good years left where I can be involved in massive fights and really leave a legacy in the division’s history. My team have been working very hard behind the scenes and we’ve got some very big and exciting news to announce soon.”

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