james degale london

Olympic gold medalist James DeGale is improving with every fight, and since his narrow points loss to George Groves in May 2011, he has matured into a better fighter and a more likable grounded person. His latest win came in Kent at Bluewater against Croatian veteran Stjepan Bozic.

The fight ended in DeGale’s favour when Bozic’s corner pulled their boxer out of the fight before the start of the fifth round after DeGale had dominated the opening four rounds before the retirement which sees him retain the WBC Silver Super-middleweight belt.

Fight Notes

Round 1: Good start by a confident looking DeGale. Nice body shots from the Londoner, his hand speed and power are impressive. The champion is switching his shots up from body to head and back down again with considerable class. Bozic covers up best he can and uses his experience to block some shots on the gloves and arms, but it’s a big start for DeGale and he hurt Bozic with some of them whipping body shots.

Round 2: DeGale, (16-1, 11KOs) is dominant again, but has to ship a big right from Bozic, but it just bounces off him, he’s fully in control of the fight and the former world title challenger is being out classed, DeGale continues to bash up Bozic.

Round 3: Bozic after that slow start is starting to put his shots together better now and making DeGale think! He is timing DeGale and is landing. Ouch! A Low blow by DeGale (left hook) south West of the boarder halts the fight. The referee warns DeGale and gives Bozic the time he needs to recovery. DeGale finishes the round on top but Bozic hasn’t come over to the UK to take an easy payday, he’s tough and is hanging in there. But DeGale is far superior in skill, speed and movement and at times has Bozic, who is now marking up around the eyes, hitting fresh air. It looks a matter of time now before DeGale finds a way to win.

Round 4: DeGale is picking his shots well again, his movement a piviting to slip a shot is grand, a drop of the shoulder from DeGale is the perfect defence against Bozic shots and they fly over the champions head. DeGale throws quick double hooks and uppercuts head to body, fast accurate and hurtful and Bozic is feeling the power. DeGale had better be careful now, he delivers another low blow and Bozic goes to one knee again. DeGale is given a telling off from the official. The fight resumes but Bozic is being totally out-boxed now. DeGale ends the round dominant as Bozic cuts a jaded figure has he goes back to his corner at the bell to end the 4th. It’s looking harder and harder for Bozic now, he cant get to grips with DeGale.

It’s over! Bosic is pulled out by his corner before the start of the 5th, DeGale celebrates!

“He could not take it any more,” DeGale said after the fight. “I have boxed my last four fights with a knee injury, but my knee is perfect now. It was not a vintage performance, but it was nice and I’m pleased.”

DeGale on Froch – “Everyone is making him out to be like The Terminator, who can’t be beaten! But he has lost before and I think I’m all wrong for him.”

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DEGALE ON A POTENTIAL FROCH FIGHT

“I’m in boxing for the big fights, I love the big shows” added DeGale who hopes to now be involved in some massive fights and there are many options to pursue in a division full of talent, especially domestically and the two names that are standing out, are Carl Froch and a rematch with George Groves.

“I want to be a world champion by the end of this year and, in order to do that, I have to keep busy. I will fight anyone.

“And, believe me, that means a big domestic dust-up with the likes of Carl Froch or George Groves.” added DeGale.

While a fight with super-middleweight world champion Froch is unlikely to happen anytime soon it is a future possibility and ‘Chunky’ is confident he can take the Nottingham ‘Cobra’

“Carl Froch is a fantastic fighter.” said DeGale. “But everyone is making him out to be like The Terminator, who can’t be beaten! But he has lost before and I think I’m all wrong for him.”

DeGale Post Groves – A Different Fighter, A different Person

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DeGale Post Groves – A Different Fighter, A different Person

In the build-up to his fight against Groves two years ago, it is fare to say that DeGale did himself no favours in his cringing behavior towards his London rival and his confidence transcended to petulance and arrogance that turned many fans off him. But you sense the boxing public are willing to forgive him now and are looking for excuses to like the boy, who is now showing a more humble approach, but his bags of talent should do all the talking for him. When DeGale lost that fight to bitter rival Groves in London he now admits he wasn’t doing his bit to win friends and influence people. in the big fight build-up. “I certainly lost the plot and on reflection it doesn’t look nice – but it does show you how genuine the hate is between us.” said DeGale.

“I know that ‘hate’ is a strong word but we simply don’t like each other. I realise I did things wrong in that fight. If I fought him again I just wouldn’t be so raw. I went for it but, in many ways, forgot the game plan. But now I am a different fighter. But that dream of a world title is still well and truly on the cards. I know I can achieve it.”

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Video: James Degale defends his WBC Super Middle Weight silver belt against Stjepan Bozic

 UNDERCARD RESULTS AND REPORTS FROM THIS WEEKENDS FIGHTS WILL FOLLOW…..