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Truax: DeGale Very Tough, I Thought He Was Done in The Fifth

Earlier this month, Caleb Truax pulled off a huge stunner over Britain's former Olympic champion James DeGale on a majority decision to win the IBF world super middleweight title in London.

The 31-year-old DeGale was making the fourth defence of his title in his first fight on home soil for three years, but the 2008 Beijing gold medallist was condemned to just the second defeat of his career.

Two judges scored in favor of Truax, as the American fighter was ahead 115-112 and 116-112 on those cards, with a third judge scoring the fight as a draw as DeGale was dethroned.

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It was DeGale's first bout since surgery on his right shoulder following his bruising draw against Badou Jack in January, but Truax refused to adhere to his underdog tag and offered constant pressure.

Truax, 34, unleashed a series of fierce blows against DeGale in round five that left the British fighter bloodied and up against the ropes, with Truax then catching his foe with a heavy uppercut in the tenth.

DeGale launched a spirited response in the final two rounds but Truax stood firm before sinking to his knees in anticipation of a victory that was confirmed moments later.

Truax is still shocked that DeGale was able to survive the onslaught in the fifth round.

He felt DeGale was going to get stopped in that round, but admits the British boxer was extremely tough.

"I thought I had him stopped in the fifth round. I give him credit because I hit him with some huge shots, a couple of really big uppercuts and overhand rights. He showed some champions resolve, that’s for sure. A lot of people would have gone down there because I can hit pretty good, especially if I’m getting five or six punches on the target in a row. He withstood it and kept fighting," Truax told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"I was feeling good, I was starting to get a little bit fatigued just from putting all the pressure on him. As far as the scorecards go, I felt like I was ahead wide enough to where they weren’t going to be able to take it from me.

"I know the eleventh round was pretty close but I think the tenth round I beat him up pretty good and I think I got the best of the twelfth round too. I felt that it was wide enough in my mind to warrant a pretty decisive victory but when they announced that first card saying it was a draw, I started to get a little nervous."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JohnP2 on 12-27-2017

This is interesting, as I noticed the same thing during the fight. I remember DeGale getting socked in his mouth in the fifth round, taking a step back, [I]putting his glove over his mouth[/I] and then retreating. I thought he…

Comment by Thraxox on 12-27-2017

LOL at degale getting beat by a Danny Jacobs left overs.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-27-2017

classic case of degale believing his own hype and looking past his opponent, also probably rushed his comeback

Comment by micky1971 on 12-27-2017

I quite agree, de”gay”le is way overrated by his alleged fan base and whichever part of the boxing business that rates him but hay ho, total douche bag and the better man won. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.…

Comment by slimPickings on 12-26-2017

Always good to see an underdog pull of the win...especially in the opponent's backyard!! Could not have happened to a more deserving pro. Hope he is able to cash in on his belt cos time is definitely not on his…

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