James DeGale has officially announced his retirement from boxing following his defeat to long-term rival Chris Eubank Jr.
DeGale was very open and honest about his future in the sport if he were to lose to Eubank at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, and after being outclassed and outboxed for the majority of the fight, his retirement comes as no surprise to the boxing faithful.
‘Chunky’ just couldn’t get going in the fight, and was floored on two occasions, although both times he did his upmost best to avoid hitting the mat.
The 33-year-old did last the full 12 rounds, but lost on points as all three judges voted for Eubank Jr, who in turn won the vacant IBO super-middleweight title.
DeGale retires from boxing with a record of 29 fights, 25 wins, three losses and one draw.
With the retirement expected, DeGale took to his official Facebook page to break the news to his fans, captioning his statement: ‘Ten and Out’
You can see his full statement in the post below.
Although Saturday didn’t go as planned for ‘Chunky’ and although he was far from his best, the Brit has had an illustrious career inside the ring and will go down as one of the best English boxers.
Sadly, though, ever since his surprise defeat to Caleb Truax back in 2017, things haven’t been the same for DeGale.
Out of his last five fights, he’s only managed to win two of them, which just goes to show his glory days were long gone.
However, he can happily retire knowing he was an Olympic gold medalist and also a double world champion.
Enjoy your retirement, DeGale – you’ve deserved it.