Degale stops Morrison in three!!

2 11 2009

James-DeGale-Ally-MorrisonOlympic Gold medallist James DeGale produced his best performance to date in stopping undefeated Cumbrian Ally Morrison in the third round of their scheduled six-round contest.

Fighting over the six round distance for the first time, Degale showed a number of improvements to his game and looked full of confidence as he dominated his 32 year-old opponent. Displaying great accuracy with the lead left and some punishing shots to the body, ‘Chunky’ wasted no time in going to work on fellow Southpaw and three fight novice Morrison. Switch-hitting Degale controlled the opening two rounds, and frustrated a game if limited Morrison, employing a similar shoulder roll technique to Floyd Mayweather Jr, perhaps one of many tips picked up training in the company of the pound-for-pound king.

DeGale was caught on occasion but Morrison never looked like troubling him as the 23 year-old prospect counter punched well with overhand lefts and started to land some big shots in the 2nd before a superb left hook in the 3rd rocked Morrison and encouraged referee Howard Foster to step in and prevent him from taking any further punishment.

DeGale, who will box again in Newcastle on December 5 on the undercard of Amir Khan’s 1st World title defence, said after the fight “It’s going to take a better fighter than that to beat me. I’m learning quick and I’ve sparred some good fighters. I think I’m settling down fantastic and have made a lot of improvements since my first fight.”

“There were a few boos when I first turned professional, but I am winning the fans over now”, said DeGale, who dedicated the fight to fellow Beijing medallist, the late Darren Sutherland.

“At the moment people have only seen about 10 per cent of my potential, there is so much more to come.”

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