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|Real name||James Frederick DeGale|
|Rated at||Super middleweight|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
3 February 1986 |
Harlesden, London, England
|Wins by KO||12|
|Competitor for United Kingdom|
|Competitor for England|
|EU Amateur Championships|
James Frederick DeGale MBE (born 3 February 1986) is an English boxer and Olympic gold medalist. He was born in Harlesden, London. He started amateur boxing at the Trojan club at the age of 10 before moving to Dale Youth boxing club. As a boy he soon acquired the nickname "Chunky", a name that has followed him throughout his career and to this day he is known as James ‘Chunky’ DeGale. The predominantly southpaw Londoner fights as a switchhitter. At the Commonwealth Games 2006 he won Bronze when he lost to Jarrod Fletcher.
Amateur record: 79–16.
Degale represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Middleweight boxing event, winning the gold medal. In the quarter finals he beat a former Olympic gold medalist from Athens (Bakhtiyar Artayev) and in the semi-final once again beat the late Irishman Darren Sutherland (prior to this latest meeting the boxers had fought five times with Sutherland winning four and DeGale only one). In the final DeGale won a scrappy and bad tempered affair against the Cuban Emilio Correa who was deducted two points in the first round for biting DeGale's shoulder.
World amateur championships results
2007 (as a middleweight)
- Lost to Alfonso Blanco (Venezuela) 13–28
- Defeated Mohamed Hikal (Egypt) 13–4
- Defeated Shawn Estrada (USA) 11–5
- Defeated Bakhtiyar Artayev (Kazakhstan) 8–3
- Defeated Darren Sutherland (Ireland) 10–3
- Defeated Emilio Correa (Cuba) 16–14
On 2 December 2008, he agreed a deal with promoter Frank Warren to become professional along with Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders. The contract agreed is rumoured to be worth around £1.5 million. On 28 February 2009 DeGale made his professional debut against Georgia boxer Vepkhia Tchilaia, winning the fight on points 40–36. DeGale came in for a mixed reaction, being booed off after being taken the distance by his little-known opponent. However DeGale has been backed by many, as the Georgian was boxing extremely defensively. Five more victories followed before DeGale won his first title, the WBA International super-middleweight title, defeating Sam Horton by 5th round TKO. On 18 September 2010, DeGale made the first defence of his WBA title against fellow Brit Carl Dilks, gaining victory by TKO after just 2'54" of the first round.
Frank Warren revealed that DeGale would challenge Paul Smith for the British Super Middleweight title on Warren's blockbuster event in Liverpool, set for 11 December at the Echo Arena. On the huge bill includes fellow Olympians; Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders, Nathan Cleverly and Kell Brook. On 11 December, DeGale went on to beat Paul Smith via ninth round TKO in order to become the British Super-Middleweight Champion.
On 21 May 2011, DeGale lost to George Groves. The judges scored the bout 115–115, 115–114, 115–114.
DeGale signed a contract to face Polish, European champion Piotr Wilczewski on 15 October.
|British Super Middleweight Champion
12 November 2010 – 21 May 2011
|EBU Super Middleweight Champion
15 October 2011 - 18 December 2012
Title last held byAdonis Stevenson
|WBC Silver Super Middleweight Champion
8 December 2012 - Present
Professional boxing record
|18 Wins (12 knockouts), 1 Defeat, 0 Draws|
|Win||18–1||Gevorg Khatchikian||TKO||11 (12)||1 March 2014||City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, Avon||Retained WBC Silver Super middleweight title|
|Win||17–1||Dyah Davis||UD||12||16 November 2013||Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent||Retained WBC Silver Super middleweight title|
|Win||16–1||Stjepan Bozic||TKO||5 (12)||8 June 2013||Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent||Retained WBC Silver Super middleweight title|
|Win||15–1||Sebastien Demers||KO||2 (12)||17 May 2013||Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||14–1||Fulgencio Zuniga||UD||12||8 December 2012||Bonus Arena, Hull, Yorkshire||Won vacant WBC Silver Super middleweight title|
|Win||13–1||Hadillah Mohoumadi||UD||12||13 October 2012||Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent||Retained European super middleweight title|
|Win||12–1||Cristian Sanavia||TKO||4(12)||21 April 2012||Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark||Retained European super middleweight title|
|Win||11–1||Piotr Wilczewski||UD||12||15 October 2011||Liverpool Echo Arena||Won European super middleweight title|
|Loss||10–1||George Groves||MD||12||21 May 2011||The O2 Arena, London||Lost British super-middleweight title|
|Win||10–0||Alpay Kobal||TKO||5||12 March 2011||Braehead Arena, Glasgow|
|Win||9–0||Paul Smith||TKO||9||11 December 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool||Won British super-middleweight title|
|Win||8–0||Carl Dilks||TKO||1||18 September 2010||LG Arena, Birmingham||BBBofC British super-middleweight title eliminator|
|Win||7–0||Sam Horton||TKO||5||15 May 2010||Upton Park, London||WBA International super middleweight title|
|Win||6–0||Matthew Barr||TKO||2||13 February 2010||Wembley Arena, London|
|Win||5–0||Nathan King||PTS||4||5 December 2009||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle|
|Win||4–0||Ally Morrison||TKO||3||30 October 2009||Echo Arena, Liverpool|
|Win||3–0||Ciaran Healy||TKO||1||18 July 2009||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||2–0||Jindrich Kubin||TKO||1||15 May 2009||Odyssey Arena, Belfast|
|Win||1–0||Vepkhia Tchilaia||PTS||4||28 February 2009||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham||Professional debut|
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