Feature | Jul 04 2018

Four reasons why James DeGale dumped his IBF super-middleweight title

Why has two-time world super-middleweight champion James DeGale vacated his IBF title? Elliot Worsell investigates
James DeGale
James DeGale Media Work-Out  |  Action Images/Reuters/John Sibley

A British boxer’s career trajectory used to go something like this: British title, Commonwealth title, European title, and then one version of about four – or five, or six, or seven – so-called world titles.

Today, however, the end goal has changed, and a boxer will, if able to do so, trigger an option beyond winning a world title that can only be described as The Money Fight.

It’s an option that doesn’t require a world title. It’s more valuable than one of those. Moreover, it doesn’t even necessarily require a fighter, or their opponent, to be at the top of their game.