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Eubank dominates DeGale in all-British grudge match

Eubank Jr impressed to claim a decision win over DeGale and bring his record to 28-2.

Chris Eubank Jr wobbles James DeGale
Chris Eubank Jr wobbles James DeGale

CHRIS EUBANK JR produced a stirring display to defeat James DeGale by unanimous decision at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

There was little love lost between the British pair, who shared a frosty embrace after Eubank’s hand had been raised by referee Michael Alexander in London.

The three judges scored the fight 114-112, 115-112, 117-109 in Eubank’s favour and it was hard to argue with that assessment at the end of a contest in which former Olympic middleweight gold medallist DeGale failed to leave his stamp.

At the final bell, DeGale raised his arm more in hope than expectation and the 33-year-old, whose record falls to 25-3-1, must know he is nearing the end of a career that twice saw him crowned IBF super-middleweight king.

With victory, Eubank moves to 28-2 and it was he who set the tone for the fight as early as round two, wobbling DeGale with a left hook that forced a mandatory eight-count.

“I’m going to go back, talk to my team and talk to my family,” DeGale told ITV afterwards.

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