James DeGale

DeGale Faces Truax Needing a Win to get Career Back on Track

After another week in which British boxing took the headlines thanks to Anthony Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker, James DeGale gets his moment in the spotlight when he faces off against Caleb Truax.

DeGale was once one of the shining lights of British boxing, tipped to make his way to superstardom on the back of Olympic glory. But it’s been 10 years since his gold medal in Beijing and he faces Truax with his career at a crossroads.

It is a rematch from their meeting in London in December, when DeGale produced the worst performance of his career to surrender his IBF super-middleweight title.

DeGale blamed a lack of sharpness and an injured shoulder, which had been operated on following his draw with Badou Jack in January 2017.

“In my last two fights, my performances have been deteriorating so there’s a lot on the line but I know what I have left and I know what I’m going to do,” DeGale said, per ESPN. “I have a point to prove.”

Whatever the reason, it was an abject showing and he is fortunate to have had a rematch clause inserted in the initial contract.

The rematch takes place in Las Vegas and DeGale will need to be far sharper than he was at the Copper Box, as the onus is on the Londoner to do enough to take the belts from the champion.

The market makers feel DeGale will wrestle the strap back from Truax, with 188BET pricing the Brit up at 1.20. The champion has been dismissed as a 4.40 shot.

At 32, DeGale cannot afford another defeat – especially against a man who was dismissed as a journeyman fighter prior to his shock win in London last December.

While DeGale blamed his shoulder and a lack of condition for his loss to Truax, there were many who felt the Brit’s problem was not focusing on his opponent. It could be argued he’s already looking beyond this Saturday’s contest, as he’s talking about fights with George Groves and Callum Smith.

That would be a massive mistake, as Truax was trained to the minute for his big shot in London and will be ready to give everything to defend his belt.

Back class suggests DeGale should win this fight with ease and he’s made a wise move by bringing Paulie Malignaggi into his camp. The American is a former world champion who has forged a reputation as an excellent reader of fights. If he can bring some added insight and momentum to DeGale, it can tip the balance the Brit’s way.