It’s official, the rematch is on! Former IBF World super middleweight title holder James DeGale will take on the newly crowned champion Caleb Truax in a rematch, with the Brit on a revenge mission.
The bout will take place on April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
DeGale was handed a shocking loss against Truax back in December when the American managed to get the upset victory over ‘Chunky’ in his homecoming clash in London.
In his post fight interview, DeGale expressed that he had rushed his comeback following a shoulder injury and put on a poor performance against the then unknown American challenger.
DeGale is seeking some serious payback under the Vegas lights and promises that the ‘real JD will be back on fight night.’
Chunky told Boxing News:
I’m happy to have the opportunity to rematch Truax and regain my IBF title. I am not going to make excuses for my poor performance, actions speak louder than words. I am excited to be boxing in Vegas and on Showtime again.
The Champion Truax has said he’s had an extensive training camp this time around and promises to be in ‘great shape’ come fight night.
Truax wrote on his website:
I feel great now that the fight is officially on the books! In boxing a lot of times, fights get pushed back and strung along. Usually, I have six to eight weeks to prepare for a fight.
But this time, I have had three to four months. After winning the belt, I’ve had more time to prepare, and I set a different type of training schedule. I’m in great shape and will be in great shape.
The challenger is set to step into the ring on US soil for the fourth time and bids to become a two-time IBF World super middleweight champion on April 7.
The show will be headlined by a super welterweight world title fight between IBO & WBA Super titleholder Erislandy Lara and IBF champion Jarrett Hurd.
Will it be repeat or revenge in Vegas? Will “Chunky” put himself back in the mix to face the winner of the World Boxing Super Series final between his old rival George Groves and fellow British super middleweight Callum Smith? We’ll find out.