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DeGale relinquishes world title

PUBLISHED: 08:53 04 July 2018

James DeGale shows off his IBF super middleweight belt (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

James DeGale shows off his IBF super middleweight belt (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Super middleweight gives up belt he won back in April in order to chase ‘big fights’

Former Dale Youth amateur James DeGale has confirmed he has relinquished his IBF world super middleweight title in the hope of securing ‘big fights’ before the end of his career.

The 32-year-old only regained the title by beating Caleb Truax in Las Vegas in April, having been beaten by the American at Stratford’s Copper Box in December.

That defeat to Truax came in the 2008 Olympic champion’s first bout back since having shoulder surgery to rectify an injury sustained in the draw against Badou Jack.

But with the end of his career seemingly approaching, DeGale has taken the decision to give up his world title.

A statement posted on Twitter read: “I have relinquished my IBF world title as I look to secure big fights in the final chapter of my career.

“I’ve achieved so much in my career: Olympic gold, British and European titles and becoming a two-time world champion!

“This is the final phase of my career where I want to be in the biggest fights possible.

“My team have been working very hard behind the scenes and we’ve got some exciting news to announce soon.”

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