James DeGale

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James DeGale
DeGale in 2011
Real name James Frederick DeGale
Nickname(s) Chunky
Rated at Super middleweight
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Born (1986-02-03) 3 February 1986 (age 29)[1]
Hammersmith, London, England
Stance Southpaw
Switch hitter
Boxing record
Total fights 22
Wins 21
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
James DeGale
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for United Kingdom Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Middleweight
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Melbourne Middleweight
EU Amateur Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Dublin Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 2008 Cetniewo Middleweight

James Frederick DeGale MBE (born 3 February 1986) is a British professional boxer and Olympic gold medalist. He is the current IBF super middleweight world champion, which makes him the first ever British boxer to have won an Olympic Gold medal and a world title.


Born in Harlesden, London,[citation needed] 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 and to this day he is known as James 'Chunky' DeGale. The predominantly southpaw Londoner fights as a switch hitter. At the Commonwealth Games 2006 he won Bronze when he lost to Jarrod Fletcher.

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 is 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]

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.[7] 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.

On 15 October 2011, DeGale beat Piotr Wilczewski by majority decision to win the European super middleweight title in the Echo Arena Liverpool.

In February 2012 DeGale signed a sponsorship deal with Bulk Powders sport supplements.[8]

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.

On 23 May 2015, DeGale beat American boxer Andre Dirrell by unanimous decision to win the vacant IBF super middleweight world championship.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

21 wins (14 knockouts, 7 decisions), 1 loss, 0 draws[10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 21–1 United States Andre Dirrell UD 12 23 May 2015 United States Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Won vacant IBF super middleweight title.
Win 20–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Peribán TKO 3 (12), 0:30 22 November 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 19–1 United States Brandon Gonzáles TKO 4 (12), 1:58 31 May 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London IBF super middleweight title eliminator.
Win 18–1 Armenia Gevorg Khatchikian TKO 11 (12), 2:58 1 March 2014 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, South West England Retained WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Win 17–1 United States Dyah Davis UD 12 16 November 2013 United Kingdom Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent Retained WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Win 16–1 Croatia Stjepan Božić RTD 4 (12), 3:00 8 June 2013 United Kingdom Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent Retained WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Win 15–1 Canada Sébastien Demers KO 2 (8), 1:58 17 May 2013 Canada Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec
Win 14–1 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga UD 12 8 December 2012 United Kingdom KC Sports Arena, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire Won vacant WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Win 13–1 France Hadillah Mohoumadi UD 12 13 October 2012 United Kingdom Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent Retained EBU super middleweight title.
Win 12–1 Italy Cristian Sanavia TKO 4 (12), 2:58 21 April 2012 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn Retained EBU super middleweight title.
Win 11–1 Poland Piotr Wilczewski MD 12 15 October 2011 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Won EBU super middleweight title.
Loss 10–1 United Kingdom George Groves MD 12 21 May 2011 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Lost British super middleweight title.
For Commonwealth super middleweight title.
Win 10–0 France Alpay Kobal TKO 5 (8), 1:37 12 March 2011 United Kingdom Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Paul Smith TKO 9 (12), 2:08 11 December 2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Won British super middleweight title.
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Carl Dilks TKO 1 (10), 2:54 18 September 2010 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands Retained WBA International super middleweight title.
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Sam Horton TKO 5 (12), 2:06 15 May 2010 United Kingdom Upton Park, West Ham, London Won WBA International super middleweight title.
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Matthew Barr TKO 2 (6), 1:38 13 February 2010 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Nathan King PTS 4 5 December 2009 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Ally Morrison TKO 3 (6), 0:45 30 October 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 3–0 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Healy TKO 1 (4), 2:59 18 July 2009 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Win 2–0 Czech Republic Jindrich Kubin TKO 1 (4), 2:22 15 May 2009 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 1–0 Georgia (country) Vepkhia Tchilaia PTS 4 28 February 2009 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands Professional debut.


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Preceded by
Paul Smith
British super middleweight champion
12 November 2010 – 21 May 2011
Succeeded by
George Groves
Preceded by
Piotr Wilczewski
EBU super middleweight champion
15 October 2011 – 18 December 2012
Title next held by
Christopher Rebrasse
Title last held by
Adonis Stevenson
WBC super middleweight champion
Silver title

8 December 2012 - 2014
Title next held by
George Groves
Title last held by
Carl Froch
IBF super middleweight champion
23 May 2015 – present