Fight Night Tips: Best bets for Truax v DeGale II
We make our pick for the IBF super-middleweight title rematch in Las Vegas, as the Londoner attempts to win back his belt.
James DeGale’s homecoming bout against Caleb Truax on 9 December was meant to be a keep-busy fight to set the Englishman up for more lucrative paydays in the UK.
But then he lost.
Now the former IBF super-middleweight champion returns to the USA to win back his belt and avenge just the second defeat of his career.
Truax isn’t an opponent DeGale should struggle to beat.
The 34-year-old has a record of 29-3-2, having been beaten by every world-level fighter he’s faced other than DeGale, and was stopped by both Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell.
The American’s a tough fighter, and he deserved to win last time out after relentlessly pressing for 12 rounds.
A combination of complacency and a lack of fitness after an 11-month layoff contributed to DeGale’s poor performance, though, and it’s safe to assume he’s going to be much better this time around.
With his career on the line, the Londoner has all the tools to beat Truax comfortably, providing he’s fit and focused.
Fighting away from home has never been a problem for DeGale, who won his world title in Boston against Andre Dirrell in May 2015 and defended it in Quebec, Washington, DC and New York in his next three bouts.
One of the most skilled super-middleweights in the world at his best, he should be able to outmanoeuvre Truax, open up a gap on the scorecards and force a late stoppage.
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