Chunky proves a point
PUBLISHED: 14:03 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2010
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JAMES DeGale provided the perfect riposte to his critics on Friday as he pummelled Jindrich Kubin to claim a convincing first-round victory in Belfast. The Olympic middleweight champion from Harlesden had taken stinging criticism after his professional de
JAMES DeGale provided the perfect riposte to his critics on Friday as he pummelled Jindrich Kubin to claim a convincing first-round victory in Belfast.
The Olympic middleweight champion from Harlesden had taken stinging criticism after his professional debut in February, a lacklustre points win over Vepkhia Tchilaia.
But 'Chunky' was in awesome form at the Odyssey Arena, dumping his Czech opponent on the canvas within 30 seconds and barely wasting a punch as the contest lasted less than a round.
"The performance was there, but that was only 40 per cent of me," DeGale declared afterwards. "Don't judge me yet - I know where I'm going and I know I can do it."
There were still some jeers from the Belfast crowd as the former Dale Youth Club amateur made his way to the ring - but those had been muted by the time he left it.
DeGale was all over his opponent - who had won all five of his previous contests - from the start, landing two quick left-handers and then clubbing him to the floor with a venomous right.
Somehow the Czech regained his balance, but DeGale continued to launch right-handers at his head and referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to halt proceedings with 38 seconds of the first round remaining.
DeGale's next outing will bring him back to London for the first time as a professional when he fights an opponent yet to be named at the O2 Arena on Saturday June 27.
"I'm really looking forward to that - my homecoming," DeGale added. "I'll be boxing in my home town and I'm sure there'll be thousands of people backing me.
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