DeGale With Premature Stoppage of Gonzales in Four

By Alexey Sukachev

Wembley Stadium, London - James DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) had stoppage victories before but none of them can be compared with the fourth round TKO that he produced in his
most important contest to date (maybe excluding a clash with the Saint George Groves) - which took place in his IBF super middleweight final eliminator against previously undefeated American Brendan Gonzales (18-1-1, 10 KOs).

Gonzales was rated #3 by the IBF coming in, while DeGale was seated at #4 place by the same sanctioning body and #2 by the WBO. Gonzales was aggressive against DeGale early on but it didn't help him much. Gonzales was too slow, and he just couldn't cope with DeGale's tremendous speed and reflexes. When he cornered 2008 Beijing gold medalist, DeGale responded with powerful combinations, using both hooks and left uppercuts, putting the American into trouble time and again.

Still, no one was expecting an early ending, when DeGale rocked Gonzales
badly with a left hook - right hand combination during the middle of  the fourth. The Englishman followed it up with a crazy left hook that sent the American down. He got up, and DeGale went in for kill. Gonzales was wobbling but still fighting back, when referee Steve Gray issued a premature stoppage call. However, Gonzales was in big trouble anyway, and it appeared like a stoppage loss was only a matter of time.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Public_Enemy on 06-01-2014

DeGale looked excellent. The ref soured such a strong performance from DeGale. I thought he was well on his way to a legitimate stoppage and the ref jumped in too early. Gonzales couldn't deal with the speed at all. He…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 06-01-2014

Regal Degal is like a speedster clubber who's tough to get a beat on lots of twitches/movements stops/starts he does go to the ropes to often but gets too much flack he's a tough out.

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 06-01-2014

Like I've been saying the whole time, DeGale is the real deal.

Comment by MisterDeclanCor on 06-01-2014

[QUOTE=chrismart83;14612235]Premature stoppage, but good performance by DeGale. He looked sharp and scored an excellent knock-down. Looked good on a bigger stage.[/QUOTE] I agree, starting to come around to him now, he looked kinda good in his last fight but I…

Comment by Chrismart on 06-01-2014

Premature stoppage, but good performance by DeGale. He looked sharp and scored an excellent knock-down. Looked good on a bigger stage.

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