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James DeGale vs Caleb Truax report
Who won DeGale vs Truax?
Caleb Truax beat James DeGale by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 9th December 2017 at Copper Box Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as 114-114, 112-115, 112-116 in favor of winner Caleb Truax.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG).
This contest was for the IBF super middleweight championship of the world.
DeGale vs Truax stats
James DeGale stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.
Caleb Truax made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 3 loses and 2 draws.
James DeGale was the younger man by 2 years, at 37 years old.
Truax had 1-inch reach advantage.
James DeGale fought out of the southpaw stance, while Caleb Truax was an orthodox fighter.
DeGale was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 10 months later than Truax, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 44 less professional rounds, 210 to Truax's 254.
Caleb Truax was ranked number 15 by the IBF in the 168lb division.
DeGale vs Truax form
DeGale had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had drawn with Badou Jack on 14th January 2017 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their WBC World Super Middleweight and IBF World Super Middleweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Rogelio Medina on 30th April 2016 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Super Middleweight championship fight at Armory, Washington.
Going into that contest, he had won against Lucian Bute on 28th November 2015 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Super Middleweight championship fight at Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada.
Before that, he had beat Andre Dirrell on 23rd May 2015 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Super Middleweight championship fight at Agganis Arena, Boston, United States.
He had defeated Marco Antonio Periban on 22nd November 2014 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Caleb Truax had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against KeAndrae Leatherwood on 25th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 10th round at Grand Casino, Minnesota, USA.
Previous to that, he had won against Zachariah Kelley on 20th August 2016 by knockout in the 2nd round at Wisconsin Center, Wisconsin.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Anthony Dirrell on 29th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Melvin Betancourt on 20th February 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Black Bear Casino, Minnesota, USA.
He had lost to Daniel Jacobs on 24th April 2015 by technical knockout in the 12th round in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Caleb Truax had been fighting more than James DeGale.
Going to this contest, James DeGale had last fought 6 years, 2 months and 14 days ago, while Caleb Truax's last outing had been 5 years, 7 months and 3 days ago.
DeGale's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 4 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Truax's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 11 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 7 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
What time did DeGale vs Truax start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM GMT at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast DeGale vs Truax?
DeGale vs Truax was broadcast on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
What were the odds on DeGale vs Truax?
James DeGale was a 1/100 (-10000) favourite going into the contest, while Caleb Truax made his way into the ring at 16/1 (+1600) with oddsmakers.
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