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James DeGale Granted IBF Medical Exception, Return Delayed

By Elliot Foster

James DeGale has been granted a medical exemption and will not fight until the summer.

The IBF super-middleweight champion, who drew with now-former WBC champion Badou Jack in January to keep hold of his crown in a Barclays Center unification showdown, had been set to face his mandatory next.

But the International Boxing Federation’s Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker told RING on Friday that 31-year-old ‘Chunky’ (23-1-1, 14 KOs) would be excused from coming up against Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) after having an operation on a deviated septum and recovering from shoulder and ear injuries.

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The IBF is contemplating whether to allow number one-rated Uzcategui and number three-rated Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) to fight for an interim belt.

However, both fighters –– judging by social media and a previous piece by Boxing Scene’s Ben Jacobs –– seem to be under the impression that a fight between them, were it to come to fruition, would be a final eliminator for the right to face DeGale.

Further details will be revealed in due course.

IN OTHER NEWS: By Per Ake Persson:

Italian super welterweight Orlando Fioridigilio (27-1) retained the IBF Intercontinental title last night in Siena when he won a technical decision over hard punching Frenchman Howard Cospolyte (15-6-2). After an accidental head clash the fight was stopped in the ninth and they went to the scorecards and Fiordiglio was ahead 77-75 on all cards.

Fiordigilio´s sole loss came against current EBU ruler Cedric Vitu.

On the undercard cruiserweight prospect Fabio Turchi (10-0) outscored Isossa Mondo (7-12) over six.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-12-2017

Don't blame him for wanting an extension. I had a deviated septum operation many years ago. It's a nasty one to recover from, and you sure as he!! don't want to be getting punched til you're fully healed from it.…

Comment by bluebeam on 03-12-2017

[QUOTE=siablo14;17497376]Should have a bigger following if he is always in wars.[/QUOTE] Plenty of fan friendly fighters don't have big fan bases

Comment by siablo14 on 03-12-2017

[QUOTE=PRINCEKOOL;17497327]He will be beaten by George Groves if they ever fight again, at elite level he is constantly drawn into a war! (Because fighters don't respect his power!)....[/QUOTE] Should have a bigger following if he is always in wars.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-12-2017

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;17497338][url]http://www.boxingscene.com/degale-reflects-on-yildirim-sparring-eubank-jr-bout-unlikely--114363[/url][/QUOTE] Lol Wtf so he went and got his teeth repaired right before a fight? Dude is nuts. But regardless though, his teeth took a beating in the fight and remember he also fought without a mouth piece in several…

Comment by Eastcoast on 03-12-2017

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;17497311]According to who? Here's a picture of the weigh in and there was 0 issues with his teeth or so it seemed. [IMG]http://photo.boxingscene.com/uploads/degale-jack-weights%20(8).jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Instead -- DeGale confirmed to IFL TV -- that the injuries that had DeGale looking…

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