British boxer James DeGale returned to winning ways with a commanding points victory over American Caleb Truax in Las Vegas last night.
Popular middleweight DeGale was shocked in December, when massive underdog Truax truimphed on points, and subsequently prised the belt out of his grip.
Many fighters could of completely fell away after this kind of shock defeat, but DeGale refused to let it ruin his career and trained ferociously to make sure this time round, he would be the one holding the prized belt.
This training seemed to pay off, as all judges agreed that DeGale took the points in a sweeping victory.
Many fans worried that DeGale would slip away after picking up a brutal cut above his right eye in the third round. However, the Brit battled through and completely outboxed Truax, keeping his guard well and frustrating the American, preventing him from showing some of his superb power.
In a post-fight interview, DeGale said: “I told you when I’m fit and injury free, people will find it hard to beat me.”
These comments came after there were claims the boxer was unfit and not ready for the bout back in December. This meant he would have to train extra hard in order to be fully fit, and completely ready for a fight which had so much at stake.
However, in this fight, the IBF belt was not the only thing on the line.
The other thing would be DeGale’s career, after he admitted he would consider retirement if he lost the fight again. This meant there was an enormous amount of pressure on the fighter, as he took to the ring in front of a massive LA crowd.
DeGale ended up taking the points rather comfortably, but in certain points of the fight there was doubts to whether he would persevere and take the victory back home to Britain. A clash of heads in the third round wounded the British man quite severely, and in the fourth round, he appeared to be stunned as he was knocked backwards by a straight hook from Truax.
This raised a slight fraction of anxiety from fans, but they knew he would not be beaten so easily, and were not surprised when DeGale came back into it, and comfortably controlled the fight.
A few hours after winning, DeGale took to Twitter to post a picture of him, holding the prestigious IBF belt with a caption which read: “Back where she belongs #2Time #Redemption.”
This showed his obvious delight at gaining revenge and bringing the title back to where he – and many other – believes it belongs.
Many of his social media followers were also delighted at this victory and congratulated him, but many raised a concern in his training team – stating that with a better corner team, he could reach his unfilled potential and far bigger victories could be won.
However, at this current moment, a new trainer will be the least of the British boxer’s worries, as he enjoys regaining his title and preparing for his next fight – rumoured to be against WBA super-middleweight champion George Groves.