Former super-middleweight world champion and Olympic gold medallist James DeGale has hung up his gloves.
The Britain’s two-time world champion retired following loss by Chris Eubank Jr last Saturday.
DeGale, 33, was the first British to win both professional world title and Olympic gold – at Beijing Olympics in 2008 when his odds of winning were pretty high on www.omegatipsters.com .
DeGale, who won 25 and lost 3 of his 29 bouts as a professional boxer, said the journey has been unbelievable.
He confessed that it’s hard for him to admit that he’s not the fighter he once was. He said injuries have taken a toll on him, both on his body and his mind.
DeGale defeated American boxer Andre Dirrell on points to win the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt back in May 2015.
DeGale lost his world title belt back in December 2017 but claimed it back in a rematch back in April with American boxer Caleb Truax.
However, the British star gave up the world title belt back in July 2018 to pay attention on chasing “huge fights” rather than fighting obligatory defences.
He lost to Eubank Jr at London’s O2 Arena on a unanimous points decision.
DeGale, 33, (25-3-1-KO15) was the very first professional Britain born boxer to win an Olympic gold medal before going on to become a world title holder in the professional ranks.
He became Olympic gold medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games back in 2008 after defeating Cuba’s Emilio Correa in the final fight.
DeGale became a professional fighter a year after, and despite the loss early in his boxing career to ex gym colleague George Groves, DeGale went on to win the European, World and British titles in the super-middleweight boxing division.
DeGale won his opening eight fights before defeating Paul Smith to claim the British super-middleweight bout but lost to George Groves two fights later in a hotly-contested bout.
He recovered to claim the European boxing title in his next bout against Piotr Wilczewski as DeGale started another winning streak which peaked at about 2015 when he defeated Andre Dirrell in Boston, USA.
His next 3 bouts were all fought in North America as his home support – whom he always split – missed out on his most productive years.
His draw with co-world champion Badou Jack some two years ago sparked the start of the end as his struggled with frequent injuries.