James DeGale Makes History By Becoming World Champ
In a terrific fight that many didn’t expect, James ‘Chunky’ DeGale made history by becoming the first ever Olympic Gold medalist from Britain to win a professional boxing world title.
Many predicted the fight to be a chess match between two notable technicians. However what unfolded was an action packed night, full of drama.
DeGale got off to a red hot start in the opening rounds, stunningly dropping Dirrell in the second round with a monster over hand left. He followed this up by a furious charge and flurry which sent the American crashing to the canvas again, only to be saved by the bell.
He followed up with a slightly less spirited third round until near the end of the round, when he stiffened Dirrell’s legs again.
As the fight progressed into the middle rounds, DeGale strangely took his foot off the gas peddle a tad bit, it has to be said. Dirrell came back into the fight very well at times, backing the Londoner up onto the ropes on a number of occasions, with sharp counters and wicked fast combinations.
After such a sensational start from DeGale, it was looking like he was letting it all slip away in the second half of the fight, perhaps feeling the pace as his work rate visibly declined.
However in true champion form, he came back and finished strong in the last two rounds, upping the tempo and bringing back some of those explosive, eye catching over the top left hands, that he referred afterwards as his favourite “bolo shots”.
I scored the fight ever so slightly in favour of DeGale by a round but when the scorecards emerged, the Englishman had comfortably done enough to get the decision, with one outrageously wide score from a Canadian judge in favour of the Britain raising many eye brows.
The final scorecards read 114-112, 114-112 and 117-109 all in favour of the new IBF super middleweight champion of the world, James ‘Chunky’ De Gale.
Huge credit has to go to the UK’s latest world champion not just for his massive record setting achievement, but also for his huge heart and perseverance shown over the last number of years to do so, overcoming countless injuries, bouncing back from defeat and various other outside the ring problems, to realise his life long dream.
The future is undeniably bright for the new champion whose technical brilliance, superb timing and hard to figure out style will strike fear into most 168 lbs fighters across the planet.
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