DeGale beats King on points

8 12 2009

James DeGale coasted to a 4 round points victory over Welshman Nathan King after having the bout reduced from 6 rounds to 4 to accommodate television coverage.

Finding out about the adjustment only minutes before the fight, DeGale did seem more subdued than usual, no doubt disappointed not to have the chance to fight over a longer distance against a durable, experienced opponent in King.

Nevertheless, the young Londoner never looked in trouble and never really had to move out of first gear against an opponent who has mixed it with the best in the division domestically.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, promoter Frank Warren said, “It was a good performance under the circumstances – he was only told a couple of minutes before he went into the ring what the position was so I was really pleased with his performance”.

DeGale himself admitted to being frustrated the fight didn’t go longer, “It was kinda easy, it was comfortable, but if it was 6 rounds I would have definitely got him out of there”

“I felt good in there. I was practising things in certain rounds. I felt good.”

DeGale moves to 5-0 (3) after the 40-37 decision, and is likely to box again in February.

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