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James DeGale set to make announcement over possible retirement in the new year after losing shocker to Caleb Truax

Brit was beaten at the Copper Box and has been told by fellow Brit George Groves that it’s time to “call it a day” JAMES DEGALE is contemplating his future in boxing after his shock defeat to Caleb Truax, losing his IBF title. The 31-year-old was a massive 1-16 favourite going into the fight at Copper Box Arena in London but ended his reign as the IBF super middleweight champion over a gruelling 12 round points loss.

 

James DeGale has announced that he will make an announcement over his future in the new year

 

DeGale spent the night at the London Hospital receiving treatment to his nose and has now said he will be making his mind up over Christmas if he is to walk away from boxing. He said: “It’s still quite soon after the fight so I’m not going to make any immediate decisions and I’ll take some time out over the Christmas and New Year to reflect.”

The Olympic gold medallist suffered his second loss in his 26 fight career in what was probably his flattest performance. And he was later lambasted on Twitter by fellow British boxers, such as George Groves, who said he should “call it a day… you ain’t got it no more.”

 

James DeGale struggled badly against Caleb Truax

James DeGale agrees to 50-50 George Groves fight despite rivalry. DeGale added: “To say I’m devastated is an understatement. “That was not the James DeGale in the ring that you’re used to seeing and I will have to go back to the drawing board and analyse what went wrong because in all honesty I should not have lost to Caleb Truax.

“While I commend Truax for coming to Britain and putting on a career best performance, I know that I’m leagues above him. “But for whatever reason I just didn’t perform in there on the night and I’m at loss to explain why.” It’s believed that DeGale didn’t have a re-match clause in the contract with Truax.

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