James DeGale

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James DeGale
DeGale in 2011
Real name James Frederick DeGale
Nickname(s) Chunky
Rated at Super-middleweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Born (1986-02-03) 3 February 1986 (age 30)[1]
Hammersmith, West London,
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 23
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1

James Frederick DeGale, MBE (born 3 February 1986) is a British professional boxer. He has held the IBF super-middleweight title since 2015, having previously held the British super-middleweight title from 2010 to 2011, and the European super-middleweight title from 2011 to 2012. As an amateur, DeGale represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the middleweight division. By later becoming IBF champion, he became the first ever British boxer to have won both an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title.


Born to a black Grenadian father and a white British mother, DeGale started amateur boxing at the Trojan club at the age of 10 before moving to Dale Youth boxing club.[2] As a boy he soon acquired the nickname "Chunky",[3] a name that has followed him throughout his career. The predominantly southpaw Londoner fights as a switch hitter. At the Commonwealth Games 2006 he won Bronze when he lost to Jarrod Fletcher.

DeGale has stated on numerous occasions that he is a big Arsenal fan and frequently fights with the Arsenal F.C. Club logo on his robe and shorts.

Amateur career[edit]

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 docked two points in the first round for biting DeGale's shoulder.[4]

World amateur championships results[edit]

2007 (as a middleweight)

Olympic results[edit]


Professional career[edit]

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 was rumoured to be worth around £1.5 million.[5]

DeGale was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[6]

Early career[edit]

On 28 February 2009 DeGale made his professional debut against Vepkhia Tchilaia, winning a points decision by 40–36. DeGale received a mixed reaction from the crowd, who booed him after being taken the distance by his little-known opponent. However, DeGale was also backed by others in attendance, as Tchilaia chose to box extremely defensively.[7] Five more victories followed before DeGale won his first regional championship, the WBA International super-middleweight title, stopping Sam Horton in five rounds. On 18 September 2010, DeGale made the first defence of his title against Carl Dilks, winning by stoppage near the end 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, which was set for 11 December at the Echo Arena.[8] The bill included fellow Olympians Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders, as well as Nathan Cleverly and Kell Brook. DeGale went on to defeat Smith via ninth-round stoppage to become the British super-middlewight champion.

First loss and comeback[edit]

On 21 May 2011, DeGale suffered his first professional loss to fellow Dale Youth Boxing Club graduate George Groves, in what was seen as a very close fight. The judges scored the bout 115–115, 115–114, 115–114; a majority decision (MD). DeGale returned on 15 October 2011 to defeat Piotr Wilczewski by MD to win the European super-middleweight title. In February 2012, DeGale signed a sponsorship deal with Bulk Powders sport supplements.[9]

Signing with Matchroom Sport[edit]

On 10 April 2014, DeGale signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Sport. DeGale made his first appearance under Matchroom on the undercard of the Carl Froch and George Groves rematch at Wembley Stadium on 31 May 2014. He stopped opponent Brandon Gonzáles in the 4th round.

IBF super-middleweight title[edit]

DeGale vs. Dirrell, Bute[edit]

On 23 May 2015, DeGale beat American boxer Andre Dirrell by unanimous decision (24-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant IBF super-middleweight title.[10]

It was announced in mid-2015 that DeGale would take part in his first IBF super-middleweight title defence against Romanian fighter Lucian Bute. On 28 November 2015 in Quebec, Canada, DeGale defeated Bute via unanimous decision.[11]

DeGale vs. Medina[edit]

On April 30, 2016, DeGale outpointed mandatory challenger Rogelio 'Porky' Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) at the D.C Armory in Washington, D.C.. DeGale won on all three judges scorecards (117-111, 116-112 and 115-113).[12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
24 fights 23 wins 1 loss
By knockout 14 0
By decision 9 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Win 23–1 Mexico Rogelio Medina UD 12 30 Apr 2016 United States DC Armory, Washington, DC, US Retained IBF super-middleweight title
23 Win 22–1 Romania Lucian Bute UD 12 28 Nov 2015 Canada Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF super-middleweight title
22 Win 21–1 United States Andre Dirrell UD 12 23 May 2015 United States Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, US Won vacant IBF super-middleweight title
21 Win 20–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Peribán TKO 3 (12), 0:30 22 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
20 Win 19–1 United States Brandon Gonzáles TKO 4 (12), 1:58 31 May 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England
19 Win 18–1 Armenia Gevorg Khatchikian TKO 11 (12), 2:58 1 Mar 2014 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, England Retained WBC Silver super-middleweight title
18 Win 17–1 United States Dyah Davis UD 12 16 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Bluewater, Stone, England Retained WBC Silver super-middleweight title
17 Win 16–1 Croatia Stjepan Božić RTD 4 (12), 3:00 8 Jun 2013 United Kingdom Bluewater, Stone, England Retained WBC Silver super-middleweight title
16 Win 15–1 Canada Sébastien Demers KO 2 (8), 1:58 17 May 2013 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 14–1 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga UD 12 8 Dec 2012 United Kingdom Sports Arena, Hull, England Won vacant WBC Silver super-middleweight title
14 Win 13–1 France Hadillah Mohoumadi UD 12 13 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Bluewater, Stone, England Retained European super-middleweight title
13 Win 12–1 Italy Cristian Sanavia TKO 4 (12), 2:58 21 Apr 2012 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark Retained European super-middleweight title
12 Win 11–1 Poland Piotr Wilczewski MD 12 15 Oct 2011 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Won European super-middleweight title
11 Loss 10–1 United Kingdom George Groves MD 12 21 May 2011 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Lost British super-middleweight title;
For Commonwealth super-middleweight title
10 Win 10–0 France Alpay Kobal TKO 5 (8), 1:37 12 Mar 2011 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
9 Win 9–0 United Kingdom Paul Smith TKO 9 (12), 2:08 11 Dec 2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Won British super-middleweight title
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Carl Dilks TKO 1 (10), 2:54 18 Sep 2010 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, England Retained WBA International super-middleweight title
7 Win 7–0 United Kingdom Sam Horton TKO 5 (12), 2:06 15 May 2010 United Kingdom Boleyn Ground, London, England Won vacant WBA International super-middleweight title
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Matthew Barr TKO 2 (6), 1:38 13 Feb 2010 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Nathan King PTS 4 5 Dec 2009 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Ally Morrison TKO 3 (6), 0:45 30 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
3 Win 3–0 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Healy TKO 1 (4), 2:59 18 Jul 2009 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England
2 Win 2–0 Czech Republic Jindrich Kubin TKO 1 (4), 2:22 15 May 2009 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1 Win 1–0 Georgia (country) Vepkhia Tchilaia PTS 4 28 Feb 2009 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Title last held by
Paul Smith
WBA International super-middleweight champion
15 May 2010 – December 2012
Title next held by
J'Leon Love
Preceded by
Paul Smith
British super-middleweight champion
12 November 2010 – 21 May 2011
Succeeded by
George Groves
Preceded by
Piotr Wilczewski
European super-middleweight champion
15 October 2011 – 18 December 2012
Title next held by
Christopher Rebrassé
Title last held by
Adonis Stevenson
WBC Silver super-middleweight champion
8 December 2012 – September 2014
Title next held by
George Groves
World titles
Title last held by
Carl Froch
IBF super-middleweight champion
23 May 2015 – present


  1. ^ a b "James DeGale". teamgb.com. British Olympic Association. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Mathew,Syed."Dale Youth Boxing Club", The Times, 2005-10-07
  3. ^ "James DeGale Bio". British Olympic Association. August 2009. 
  4. ^ Superb DeGale lands boxing gold. BBC. 23 August 2008
  5. ^ Lewis, Ron. "James DeGale's dream of double gold ends", The Times, 2008-12-03
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 15. 31 December 2008.
  7. ^ "British trio make winning starts". BBC News. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "DeGale to face Smith in December". BBC. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  9. ^ http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/blog/bulkpowders-james-degale-formalise-partnership/
  10. ^ http://www.premierboxingchampions.com/news/james-degale-does-early-damage-win-over-andre-dirrell
  11. ^ "DeGale beats Bute via UD". Sky Sports. 
  12. ^ "DeGale outpoints Medina, retains title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 

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