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James DeGale to return against Caleb Truax on December 9

Photo by Ed Diller/ DiBella Entertainment

In January, James DeGale went to war with Badou Jack in one of the finest fights of the year, but shoulder surgery during the summer has kept him out of action.

Fully healed, DeGale, the reigning IBF super middleweight titleholder, will now make the fourth defense of his title against American Caleb Truax on Dec. 9 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

DeGale, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING at super middleweight, returns to the U.K. following four consecutive bouts in North America, the last of which was the excellent 12-round majority draw against then-WBC titleholder Jack, who has since moved up to light heavyweight.

The 31-year-old southpaw is excited to return to his home city and fight in front of his home fans as he continues his quest to become a unified world champion.

Firstly, DeGale must overcome Minnesota’s Truax who will be looking to cause a huge upset by dethroning the defending titleholder in his own backyard.

“Truax is a good solid fighter with a top pedigree,” said DeGale (23-1-1, 14 knockouts). “He’s been in with some quality opponents like Daniel Jacobs, Jermain Taylor and Anthony Dirrell.

“He’ll be fighting away from home so he’s going to bring it on and try to take my world title. But, I’m the best super middleweight in the world and I’m going into the ring full of confidence and 100 percent fit.

“I’ve not boxed in London for a few years, so I can’t wait to make my return to the ring and soak up the atmosphere from the crowd and put on great show for the fans.”

Truax (28-3-2, 18 KOs) has lost two of his last five outings. In April 2015, he was stopped in the 12th and final round by Jacobs and Dirrell took him out in the opening round, almost one year later to the day.

Quotes courtesy of a press release issued by Richard Maynard Communications

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  • Left Hook2

    Garbage. Shouldn’t he have a mandatory after not being in action for a year?

    • Apolloelite888

      IBF are usually pretty rigid with this but can’t deny a fighter a warmup fight following surgery. Look at this way, if he loses this then he didn’t deserve the right to fight a bonafide challenger

      • Left Hook2

        I’m fine with non-title bout tune up. If he gets credit for defending his title after such a long period of time, it should be the mandatory. But if I am the IBF, I surely don’t mind collecting sanctioning fees for a bout that should last about 5 minutes.

  • Tony Nightstick

    Caleb Truax? A tough and able fighter, yes, but very much of the second-tier (if that), as well as past his prime. Clearly a step backwards for DeGale. In fact, the match-up just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    • Tramadol Jack

      To be fair he’s been out since the Jack fight so a tune up isn’t a completely crazy idea.

      • Tony Nightstick

        I’d be fine with that, but then it shouldn’t be a title match.

        • Left Hook2

          I agree. Non-title bout or a title bout against a worthy opponent.

      • ozzy

        There’s also the not so small aspect of shoulder surgery which caused the 10 month delay in returning to the ring. Shoulder surgery is tough to come back from for a boxer so I expect Degale to find the Truax fight to be tougher than it normally would.

        • ceylon mooney

          ah ok. i thought jack busted him up pretty bad, but thats not it.

  • chickenstock

    He’s been in and lost to some quality opponents. Classic. I suppose a tune up after a year out is acceptable. Just boring. I’ve come to like degale. He desperately wants to be a fast talking, trash talking type of fighter, coming up with quips at the pressers… But he’s a bit too thick so can’t pull it off. That’s endeared him to me a bit.

    • Apolloelite888

      Haha, this is spot on. He tries so hard to impress with his “wit” but just isn’t intelligent enough to pull it off. Fights smarter than he talks.

  • Adam Davies

    No problem with this being DeGale’s first fight back after surgery. He won his title on the road and stayed there to defend it, and he took his knocks in doing so as well. It would be beyond stupid to get himself into another war like the last Jack fight for his first fight back.

    Many of the best at 168 are tied up in the WSB so by the time the dust settles on that there should be some really good match ups, and nothing about DeGale makes me think he will be difficult to find and get in the ring. Hopefully he comes through this one, the shoulder is fine and he can get himself back in the mix with the best of the rest.

    The Groves re-match would be the obvious one, but I would like to see him in with Callum Smith or Eubank Jnr also. Something about the 168lb division seems to suit the Brits pretty well, and with boxing thriving in Britain at the moment there are some great domestic fights ahead in this division. Good times.