DeGale Back and Brimming with Confidence Ahead of Truax Fight
James DeGale steps back into the ring on Saturday for the first time since undergoing career-saving shoulder surgery and he is confident of taking care of Caleb Truax before moving on to bigger things.
There were fears that the shoulder injury, a tear around the joint and the rotator cuff, could have brought a halt to the Londoner’s career, but he claims to be fully healed and ready to take his career up a level.
“I feel like The Six Million Dollar Man, completely rebuilt, and you’ll see the difference against Truax,” DeGale told the Telegraph.
“The right shoulder is vital, being the one with which the southpaw employs his fast, and very effective, jab, which remains the cornerstone of his work.”
DeGale is an overwhelming favourite to make a fourth defence of his IBF super-middleweight belt, as 188BET have him priced up at 1.02 for the win – with Truax a 15.0 shot.
The prices suggest a near-formality and on all known evidence, DeGale should outclass his American opponent.
DeGale has only one loss to his name, to bitter rival George Groves back in 2011, and his last fight was a pulsating draw with Badou Jack. If the 31-year-old can perform anywhere near that level, he will make short work of Truax.
Truax has been in with some decent fighters – Jermain Taylor, Anthony Dirrell and Daniel Jacobs among them – but he has come up short each time.
That will in all probability be the case at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday, which will almost certainly be a springboard to big fights for DeGale in 2018.
He has unfinished business with Groves and his management team will have an eye on his fellow Londoner’s clash with another up-and-coming Brit in the shape of Chris Eubank Jnr.
There is also the prospect of a unification bout against unbeaten American and WBC title holder David Benavidez.
“I’ve got this against Truax and then hopefully I’ll box Benavidez, March or April time,” DeGale said, per the Express. “He ain’t been matched up yet.
“Unified. That’s what I want.
“Now that I’m healthy and injury-free, it’s time.”
Should DeGale get his wish and subsequently beat Benavidez, he would be in a tremendous bargaining position for an all-British fight – possibly in a stadium in the UK during the height of summer.
But first up, he must keep his eye on the task at hand – which is taking care of Truax, and hopefully in impressive style.