Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale returns to the ring after 10 months out, defending his IBF World Super-Middleweight Title against dangerous American Caleb Traux.
London’s Copper Box Arena hosts the return of ‘Chunky’, who fights in the UK for the first time since his 2014 third round TKO win over Marco Antonio Periban. Following three years away from a British ring, the anticipation is palpable for the homecoming of the London native.
DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) won the IBF belt against Andre Dirrell in May 2015, decking the American twice on route to a unanimous decision. He followed that victory up with a emphatic points win over former World Champion Lucian Bute in November later that year.
The Brit’s last outing was in January 2017, when he took on fellow World Champion Badou Jack in New York. In a scintillating bout, DeGale started strongly by flooring the Swede, however his opponent battled back to drop DeGale in the final round, resulting in a majority draw.
American southpaw Caleb Traux holds a record of 28-3-2, 18 KOs and is fighting for a World Title for the second time in his career, after being stopped in the 12th round during a WBA Middleweight title challenge against Danny Jacobs back in April 2015.
Following DeGale's lengthy lay-off from the ring, the 34-year-old will see this as a golden, and possibly final, opportunity to claim the IBF strap and skyrocket to the top of the Super-Middleweight division.
Fans can watch the return of Great Britain’s first boxer to win both Olympic gold and a professional World Title, live on BoxNation on December 9th.