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DeGale Backs Up His Talk With a Gut Check Victory

By Alexey Sukachev

Bluewater, Kent - He was often criticized for dull fights and for not backing his harsh words in the ring. But this time James DeGale, a flamboyant 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist, gave the fans what they really wanted in a bruising and gruelling encounter with tough Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi. DeGale also came out as a winner, retaining his EBU super middleweight title for the second time and scoring a beautifully fought unanimous decision over his tough foe.

Mohoumadi, a taller of the two, immediately tried to get closer to the British stylist but failed to do so without taking many unanswered punches in return. DeGale boxed  brilliantly, avoiding bigger but a bit slower Mohoumadi, while landing his combos in frequent series. It continued for three rounds, and then Mohoumadi started to find his range. From round four and till the tenth stanza, a boxing lesson turned into horrific war, fought mostly at the ropes. The Frenchman was an aggressor but DeGale retaliated in style. He connected with cleaner, better punches but Hadillah delivered his portion of punishment too. It was only in the closing, championship rounds, when DeGale has finally pushed Mohoumadi back and punished him in the middle of the ring. Still it was a rather close fight.

At the end, all three scores were in favour of the WBO #4, WBC #5 and IBF #6 ranked fighter: 119-109 (Franco Ciminale), 117-111 (Pierluiggi Poppi) and 116-112 (Freddy Rafn). BoxingScene is an agreement with the latter score. DeGale is now 13-1, 9 KOs, and Mohoumadi falls down to 13-3, 9 KOs.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-03-2012

I am late to this party, having just seen the fight yesterday. I must say, this is a very biased and misleading article. DeGale fought foolishly, lazily, and passively against a guy whose appropriate rank in the world is probably…

Comment by okrick on 10-14-2012

116 -112 (maybe 117-111), I think can be a good card.

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 10-13-2012

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;12601133]Backed up his talk? Like get bullied and pushed around the ring against a feather fisted frenchy?[/QUOTE] What fight were you watching, pal? :bottle::bottle::bottle: It was NOT an epic performance by any means but nowhere near as bad as…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 10-13-2012

Degale is clearly struggling at European level.

Comment by chocolate on 10-13-2012

119 - 109 was a disgraceful scorecard to say that the French kid lost 11 rounds, must have been a Hennessy back hander even 117 - 111 was a little wide for me . I had Degale winning by 2…

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