By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
JAMES DEGALE (23-2-1, 14 KOs) wants a rematch with Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) to reclaim his IBF super-middleweight title.
The Londoner is set to trigger the clause for an immediate return clash against the American after his shock defeat in December.
DeGale, 31, is hoping the rematch can happen within the next few months as he looks to get his career back on track.
The Beijing Olympic gold medallist was as big as 100/1 [odds favorite] to beat the Minnesota man at the Copper Box on December 9.
But he put in a sluggish display on his return from serious shoulder surgery which had kept him out of the ring for 11 months.
Truax took advantage and earned a well-deserved points win to claim the IBF title and hand DeGale his second professional defeat.
DeGale said in the ring that he did not believe there was a rematch clause but it is understood that there is one in the contract that can now be activated.
The Londoner also said after the upset that he would “take time out to reflect and make some decisions going forward”.
He has sat down with his family over the festive period and came to the decision he wanted an immediate return with Truax.
DeGale returned to training in the last fortnight and will continue to work with coach Jim McDonnell.
Truax is willing to return to England for the rematch and both men share American Al Haymon as their advisor so there are not expected to be many hurdles to overcome.
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