15th October 2012
James DeGale had to dig deep into the reserves to eventually outpoint tough French champion Hadillah Mohoumadi at Glow Bluewater, Kent in the second defence of his European super middleweight title.
Degale, 26, a Beijing Olympic Gold medal champion took the judges cards with scores of 119-109, 117-111, 116-112.
The Londoner started the fight off well and in spurts throughout, shown glimpses of real class and it looks even though he was given a rough ride by Mohoumadi that he is improving in all areas.
He took the first few rounds comfortably with slick movement and fast combinations countering well his man well while switching his stance from southpaw to orthodox.
Mohoumadi was very durable and soaked up some heavy work from DeGale but stayed in the fight to the end and pushed the champion all the way.
“I knew he was going to be tough and durable but I didn’t think he would be as tough as that. That’s why I’ve got to train hard.
On the undercard
Chris Eubank Jr, maintained his impressive start to the pro ranks with an eight-round points win over game Latvian Ruslans Pojonisevs to take his record to seven wins from seven fights.
Moving up to eight rounds for the first time in his career, Eubank Jr looked happy to get the rounds under his belt and didn’t exert himself too much against a limited opponent who was as tough as he was limited and looked too small to be in there at middleweight.
It looks like Eubank will be stepping up in his next few fights and better opposition will likely bring the best out of him.
Former British light-welterweight champion Lenny Daws outpointed Ville Piispanen to win the EU title belt. The judges scored 116-112, 118-110, 117-112 for Daws, who will now look to get back to the top of the domestic picture again.
Dillian Whyte won KO4 Sandor Balogh
Phil Fury outpointed Duncan Cottier 60-54
Leo D’Erlanger outpointed Kristian Laight 40-37
Adam Dingsdale outpointed Ibrar Riyaz 40-37
Arfan Iqbal outpointed John Anthony 40-36
Jordan Gill outpointed Dan Naylor 40-36