JAMES DEGALE is entering a new phase of his career. He’s had a significant operation to repair his right shoulder and will now defend his IBF super-middleweight championship on December 9 at the Copperbox in London.
The injury meant a potential clash with Callum Smith could not take place earlier this year. “I was going to fight Smith. I thought just let me get through this, that’s the kind of mentality I have but I’m so glad I didn’t because it wouldn’t have got better. When they went in I had a tear around my shoulder, 180 degree tear around it. My AC joint needed stabilising and I had a tear in my rotor cuff. My shoulder was f*****. For a year and half I was boxing, sparring, one armed. I’m a right handed southpaw. Everything comes off my front hand. I couldn’t double jab, no way. I throw a little jab. I couldn’t hook off my jab. I like jabbing, hook off my front hand. I couldn’t do none of that,” DeGale told Boxing News.
This homecoming is significant for DeGale. He has left Eddie Hearn, his promoter in recent years, to reunite with Frank Warren, the man who guided his early professional career, before they went their separate ways.