9th December 2012

James Degale impressed with a slick professional performance to claim a comfortable unanimous decision over Colombian veteran Fulgencio Zuniga and the WBC silver super-middleweight title on an Hennessey promoted show in Hull.

The European champion and former British champion Degale, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, looks to be maturing into a strong purposeful pro and with flashes of great work at times, took control of the fight from the first bell and dominated throughout.

Zuniga was often left punching thin air as DeGale bamboozled him with fast combinations and slipped and turned out of range. In the third DeGale landed a left uppercut that dropped Zuniga hard. He got up and showed bravery to stick to his task, but he was being outclassed by the younger man and continued to take a bit of a shellacking from the Londoner.

Degale, 26, looked fresher and sharper than he did in his uninspired points win over Hadillah Mohoumadi two months ago and is a better fighter now than the one who lost his Lonsdale belt to rival George Groves in May 2011.

Zuniga a former world title challenger at three different weights was well past his best, but he was game, came to win and needed to be dealt with, DeGale did that. All three judges scored the contest 118-109 in his favour.

Busy Chris Eubank Jr continued his swift rise up the British middleweight rankings with a second-round stoppage over Latvian Olegs Fedotovs, just a week after defeating Bradley Pryce on points.

Eubank, 23, improved his professional record 9-0, with 4KO’s after Referee Terry O’Connor halted the fight early after Fedotovs was bullied and blasted into submission by Eubank. The stoppage did come a little early but there was only one way the result was going to go Fedotovs was way out of his depth.

Eubank Jr, son of the former two-weight world champion looks to be improving rapidly and afterwards said 2013 will be his year to shine and come to the fore.

Sheffiled stylist Kid Galahad made it 13-0 with a fourth round stoppage over Spaniard Ivan Ruiz Morote, after the fight was halted following a big right hand from Galahad, that had Morote down and not looking like he wanted to know anymore of the hot British prospect and the referee called it off.

It was a good performance from the Ingle trained Galahad, the boxer named after the Elvis Presley boxing character in the film, is like a breath of fresh air to the British super-bantamweight division and looks to be a boxer of big talent with a big future.

  • Anonymous

    James DeGale is awesome!!!!!!!! I am a woman and my opinion in the world of boxing may not add up to much but he is the hottest thing on tv as far as I am concerned. I taped him and then I watch the same fight with Zuniga over and over again. DeGale is so fascinating to watch. I hope to see more of him in the coming year. God Bless James. You are wow !!!