Chris Eubank Jr dropped James DeGale twice before coming out on top of the scorecards in an upset win over the former two-time champion in their boxing showdown at The O2 Arena, Saturday night.
The 29-year-old boxer overcame a sluggish start and did not look back as he sustained a dominant showing in a 12-round contest to win the vacant IBO super-middleweight title.
All over! Chris Eubank Jr beats James DeGale by unanimous points decision to win the IBO World Super Middleweight title.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 23, 2019
Chris Eubank Jr and James DeGale tussled in an intriguing boxing bout on Saturday at The O2 Arena, with the vacant super-middleweight belt serving as the main prize.
The former two-time world champion got to a blistering start, winning the opening round in a convincing fashion, but Eubank Jr immediately made the necessary adjustments to turn the tables around.
“Next Gen” bounced back from a slow first round as he brought his A-game in the second, dropping his opponent for the first time and forcing a count, which left DeGale losing his composure.
Keeping his momentum, Eubank Jr continued the onslaught in the next rounds, then clipped the struggling DeGale in the ninth for his second knockdown. But the British boxer earned a point deduction in the eleventh for charging DeGale with a shoulder.
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However, it did not matter as Eubank Jr still won all scorecards after 12 rounds as judges tallied 114-112 115-112 117-109 in favour of the 29-year old British to capture the vacant title.
“I’m coming for all the other belts in the super-middleweight or the middleweight division. I knew that he was gonna come in there and run. He’s a very slick southpaw. But the game plan worked. Smart pressure.”
“I dominated pretty much every single round. People said I was gonna have my head jabbed off, I proved those guys wrong tonight.”
🥊 James DeGale tonight:
🥊 Punches thrown: 234
🎯 Punches landed: 49
👬 Hugs given: 284
🤼♀️ Spears received: 1
Retirement on the cards for Chunky? pic.twitter.com/noOTYimeK4
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 23, 2019
The loss, meanwhile, put DeGale’s future in doubt,but stressed he will still be happy if he decides to call it a career.
“I didn’t do enough, I just didn’t do enough. When you’re in there with someone like Chris on you. I’ll have to go back and watch it. I just didn’t do enough.”
“I’mma go back, talk to my team, talk to my family. I’ve been to the highest of the highest in boxing, if I call it a day now, I’m good.”
Eubank Jr has collected 28 wins and two losses in his professional career while DeGale stands at 25-3 win-loss record.
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