Jose Uzcategui's Agent Reacts To James DeGale Vacating Title

By Ryan Burton

A press release was recently sent out that announced IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale would vacate his title. DeGale stated that he was going to focus his energies on securing other opportunities - like a rematch with George Groves or a rumored domestic clash with Billy Joe Saunders.

The boxing world was stunned last December when DeGale lost to heavy underdog Calex Truax in the United Kingdom in one of the biggest upsets of 2017.

DeGale was able to recapture his title in April when he won a unanimous decision in their rematch.

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The British fighter was obligated by the IBF to face interim champion Jose Uzcategui in his next fight but DeGale opted to avoid the hard hitting Venezuelan. recently caught up with Uzcategui’s agent to get his thoughts on DeGale’s decision. 

“I would like to say James DeGale is a real warrior and a class act! James represented his country in the Olympics, winning a gold medal. He went in search of a world title and won it on the road in Boston. James went on to defend his world title belt numerous times even to the point where he gave up a tooth in the 11th round versus Badou Jack in retaining his world title in that fight,” Gibbons told

“Jose would have loved the opportunity to fight James for the full belt but understands boxing is a business and no fighter is afraid of another fighter. James decided to do what was best for him and it was purely a business decision and Jose wishes James the best in the future."

The IBF subsequently elevated Uzcategui to full world champion and announced he must face #2 rated Caleb Plant in his next fight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AdonisCreed on 07-06-2018

That was a awesome statement. But it definitely was a duck on James part lol

Comment by Targaryen on 07-06-2018

That’s probably an over generous statement. Fair play to the guy. It’s a clear duck from DeGale, and I don’t like condoning it. But at least DeGale isn’t making bullshít excuses.

Comment by Holler on 07-06-2018

It was nice to read someone speaking with respect about another boxer and his accomplishments. No snide comments, no attempt to score points, just an acknowledgement of what chunky has achieved and good wishes for the future. Refreshing! My respect…

Comment by Sosay on 07-06-2018

I wont bash him but damn! As long as he fights someone good, I'll watch. No need to get battered for small pay at this point. Just dont talk big like Bellew or Khan, while chasing money fights, avoiding the…

Comment by Boxknowledge75 on 07-05-2018

Can't wait to see this guy fight. Jose is a beast! The man can cut the ring. Durrell couldn't get this guy off of him with his length and jab. De gal see's what I see, he don't want none.

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