Truax: DeGale is Looking Past Me Again; Loss Didn't Humble Him

By Keith Idec

Caleb Truax can’t quite believe James DeGale is doing it again.

The newly crowned IBF super middleweight champion figured DeGale would’ve learned an invaluable lesson by overlooking him entering their first fight. Truax senses DeGale still doesn’t respect him, which Truax expects to work to his advantage again in their rematch Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“I expected him to humble himself and come back to try to get his title back, not to fall into the same trap he did last time,” Truax told “But it’s fine with me, man. He can look past me again. I’m more motivated this time than I was for the first fight, just because everybody thinks it was a fluke and it wasn’t the best DeGale and blah, blah, blah, blah. I opened up as a 6-1 underdog, somebody told me, so that’s even more motivation this time around to shut everybody up.”


Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) is currently listed as about a 3-1 underdog, despite that he out-boxed England’s DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) on December 9 in London to win the IBF’s 168-pound championship.

DeGale contends that he rushed himself back from shoulder surgery in June and says he is “ashamed” of his performance against Truax. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist promised to prove his superiority over Minnesota’s Truax, who won their first fight by majority decision.

“That’s just an excuse,” Truax said in reference to DeGale’s recovery from shoulder surgery. “Even after the fight, he said he was fine. He had 10 or 11 months or whatever to recover, and going into the press conference all he could talk about was how great his shoulder felt. And even after the fight, he said it felt fine. So it’s just lip service. I ain’t worried about none of that. I’m ready for a DeGale with six good arms, so it’s all good, man.”

The 34-year-old Truax has drawn motivation from what he perceives as DeGale’s dismissive attitude toward him, just as he did four months ago.

“I had some buddies that were sending me Instagram posts and videos of him just talking about what he’s gonna do next,” Truax recalled. “And even at the press conference [in December], I’m sitting right next to him and he’s talking about who he’s gonna fight after this fight and he was gonna fight George Groves next year. And I’m like, ‘Come on, man, you’ve got to fight me in about two days. You better worry about me first.’

“He’s still doing it. He’s still doing the same thing. I just saw an interview today and he’s talking about unifying with David Benavidez once he gets the title back. He should stop looking by me. The first time, he should’ve learned his lesson then.”

Showtime will televise the Truax-DeGale rematch as part of a tripleheader Saturday night from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). The main event will be a 154-pound title unification bout between IBF champion Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) and IBO/WBA champ Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 04-05-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18643220]This fight could play out like the Sor Rungsivai and Roman Gonzalez rematch. I believe Truax has even more confidence going into the rematch.[/QUOTE] Hopefully! Degale has such a high opinion of himself but has never shown anything extradordinary imo.

Comment by BlakBread904 on 04-05-2018

used to be a fan of chunky, but he hasn't given fans much to root for the past few years with his uninspiring performances. wouldn't be surprised if Truax stopped him

Comment by micky1971 on 04-05-2018

I’m British but can’t stand the sight of degayle. However, he does have boxing skill undeveloped at elite level because of two things. 1. His mouth. 2. The domestic trainer he has and that also has a large mouth. It’s…

Comment by MeiXiang on 04-05-2018

I actually think Truax is getting knocked out. It was so evidently an off nite for DeGale and he definitely overlooked him.

Comment by diarraisagod on 04-05-2018

DeGale doesn't have anywhere to go if he loses again. Losing to a middleweight gatekeeper twice would show he's done. I doubt he wants to become the faded vet being used as a name on up and comers records.

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