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James DeGale: If I Can't Do This Then I Will Call it a Day!

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

JAMES DEGALE knows the stakes are high in Las Vegas with his career on the line.
  
The British super-middleweight bids to win back the IBF title in a rematch with Caleb Truax in the city where fortunes are won and lost.

But the Londoner insists he was never going to gamble by dumping trainer Jim McDonnell, who has been by his side since he turned pro after winning gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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Instead DeGale has brought in former world champion Paulie Malignaggi in the hope the fighter known as the ‘Magic Man’ can add some tricks to reverse the shock defeat by Truax in December.

“I knew straight away in the first fight that I had messed up and come back too soon,” said DeGale.

“I came out and threw a looping left hand and I missed, my feet were all over the place and I was like, ‘Oh my God this is going to be a long night’.

“I thought I would be able to grind the win out, just keep going and eventually I would get the better of him and start afresh this year.

“It was just a bad performance, it was an horrendous performance. You could have put anyone in there with me that night and I would have lost. I was bad.

“People were telling me to leave my coach after the fight but me and Jim have come a long way.

“He is like family, he is a very good coach and I never thought of changing my trainer.

“I have brought in Paulie Malignaggi into the camp. He came over to London, spent a couple of weeks in London with me and then we finished off camp together in LA.

DeGale was 100/1 ON to beat Truax when they met at the Copper Box in London late last year but instead he suffered his second career defeat in 26 fights.

At 32, he has dismissed suggestions he is a shot fighter and put the loss down to “rushing” back from reconstructive surgery on his shoulder following his January 2017 draw with Badou Jack.

But DeGale admits back-to-back defeats by the relatively unknown Minnesota man at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sin City will force him to quit the ring.

He added: “If I can’t beat him that means I’ve gone backwards. I know I have the desire, it is till burning and I will prove that.

“He has freshened everything up. He brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he breaks down fights very well. He brings some game plan and strategy. He brings a lot.”

DeGale was 100/1 ON to beat Truax when they met at the Copper Box in London late last year but instead he suffered his second career defeat in 26 fights.

At 32, he has dismissed suggestions he is a shot fighter and put the loss down to “rushing” back from reconstructive surgery on his shoulder following his January 2017 draw with Badou Jack.

But DeGale admits back-to-back defeats by the relatively unknown Minnesota man at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sin City will force him to quit the ring.

He added: “If I can’t beat him that means I’ve gone backwards. I know I have the desire, it is till burning and I will prove that.

“This is not the Vegas debut I imagined but I don’t care where the fight is though. It’s about getting the job done.

“I’m ticking the boxes, but once I get back my titles then I could be back in Vegas in a much bigger fight. There are a lot of big fights out there for me.

“But I’m taking this guy extremely serious this time and I believe I’m far too good for him.

“If I can’t beat Truax then I’ve got to knock it on the head. I’m a realist. I’m very true to myself, if I can’t do this then I will call it a day.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vinnykin on 04-08-2018

Think he should call it a day, the other champions will batter him. The 2 biggest fights for him are Groves and Eubank Jr, I think both will seriously hurt him.

Comment by slimPickings on 04-07-2018

Talented fighter. He is however his own worse enemy. Win, lose or draw...retirement may not be too far off.

Comment by dan_cov on 04-07-2018

Should consider it anyway. Win-lose-draw this guy takes a horrible amount of punishment in every fight. In his last 3 alone he probably took more punishment than most fighters do their whole careers.

Comment by 1hourRun on 04-07-2018

James is not about no euro-level career, my boy is letting his nuts hang!

Comment by micky1971 on 04-07-2018

Stupid kunt.

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