James DeGale to defend IBF super-middleweight title against Caleb Truax

Paola Ditto
Novembre 14, 2017

The IBF super-middleweight world champion will make the fourth defence of his title at London's Copper Box Arena on Saturday, December 9.

Lee Selby has also been scheduled to defend his IBF featherweight title on the same bill, and will fight Eduardo Ramirez of Mexico.

Next month's fight represents the 31-year-old DeGale's first in the United Kingdom in three years and also his first since his bruising draw in January with Badou Jack, since when he has undergone surgery on his right shoulder.

Chunky underwent surgery on his right shoulder in June to fix a 180-degree tear, a rota-cuff tear and an ACJ stabilisation, an injury that had been troubling him for around two years - but he is now fit and ready to defend his world title on home soil for the first time at the Copper Box Arena after campaigning in America.

"Truax is a good solid fighter with a top pedigree", said DeGale (23-1-1, 14KOs), who is three years younger than his opponent. He's been in with some quality opponents like Daniel Jacobs, Jermain Taylor and Anthony Dirrell, ' DeGale said.

"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% 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".

Since his loss to Direll in April 2016, Truax (28-3-2 18 KOs) has bounced back with consecutive KO wins and is determined to upset the odds when he fights in the United Kingdom for the first time next month. It will be his first fight in London as a world champion. He gave Jacobs all he could handle before being stopped in the 12th round. In April 206, former super middleweight titlist Dirrell knocked him out in the first round. Truax has won two low-level fights in a row since.

His last outing came in late September when he drew with Cuban Leduan Barthelemy, another undefeated fighter, in Las Vegas. "He's trained by (former world titleholder) Fernando Montiel's brother". He's worked his way into the mix and he's going to give me a tough test.

"He's a southpaw which is another challenge for me".

With a victory, Selby is hoping to set himself up for a fight with current mandatory challenger and rival Josh Warrington, of England, or one against former titleholder Carl Frampton, of Northern Ireland.

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