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DeGale Breaks Khatchikian's Body, Sakio Bika Next?

City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon - WBC silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (18-1, 12KOs) stopped previously undefeated Gevorg Khatchikian (20-1, 8KOs) in eleven rounds. DeGale dominated the action from the opening bell. He started picking up the pace and battering his opponent in the fifth round. Although DeGale was dominating the action, he was struggling to finish Khatchikian off.

During the sixth, it appeared that DeGale was momentarily rocked and he was getting pounded against the ropes. DeGale came right back in the sixth and seventh, ripping the body of Khatchikian. In the ninth, DeGale had him in serious trouble with a series of big shots to the head and body.

During the eleventh, DeGale shredded the body with hard shots that sent Khatchikian down twice. The second time the referee waved things off.

The immediate future of DeGale is in question. The WBC had previously ordered him to face Badou Jack in a final title eliminator. But Jack was upset on Friday night, suffering a shock first round TKO defeat at the hands of Derek Edwards in Verona, New York.

DeGale may now get a direct pass to full WBC champion Sakio Bika.

In the co-feature, Lee Haskins (29-3, 12KOs) stopped Luke Wilson (15-4-1, 7KOs) in two rounds.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bodyshot3 on 03-02-2014

The one thing that really did work for James last night was his work to the body....the fight was stopped because the Armenian had been down twice in the same round, was a mile behind on points and needed a…

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 03-02-2014

[QUOTE=Cloud;14285342]Why not just watch the fight to see what happened? The guy didn't really want to continue. Down twice from good body shots and he was pretty much done. **** off with that home town crap. You make it sound…

Comment by Cloud on 03-02-2014

[QUOTE=uncommon;14283332]CLUE: Refs are not supposed to wave fights off from body shots. If the fighter can't continue -stays down- the fight ends. Body shots are not the same health risk as head shots. I haven't seen this fight, but if…

Comment by Hatton87 on 03-02-2014

[QUOTE=chocolate;14283434]Periban was already offered the final eliminator with Degale in the first place but turned it down so it went to Badou Jack who we all know got stopped last night.[/QUOTE] Periban had his chance. Bika clinging on to his…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 03-01-2014

It's about that time for DeGale to step up to championship level he's got kind of an intriguing curiosity about him like he could get blasted out at any moment with his clownish antics.

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