News | Feb 18 2018

EXCLUSIVE James DeGale update

James DeGale is back in training and targeting one specific opponent
James DeGale
James-DeGale  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

JIM McDONNELL – the long-time coach of James DeGale – has confirmed that his charge is back in the gym in preparation for his return to the ring in 2018.

In one of the biggest upsets of 2017, southpaw DeGale lost his IBF super-middleweight title to unheralded American Caleb Truax via majority decision in December. The defeat followed on from a bruising draw with Badou Jack 11 months previously, after which he required shoulder surgery.

In hindsight, McDonnell – and DeGale – feel that they took the Truax fight too soon after the 32-year-old Londoner’s operation, and would have been better off waiting until the year was out before getting back to action.


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