James DeGale is back this weekend and he’s up against Caleb Truax. British born DeGale is back after a surgery and has gone on record to state his fitness is looking good. Caled Truax is no household name and many will agree he poses no serious danger on paper. He’s been in with familiar boxing names in the past and has come up short, and DeGale will be looking to keep his opponent at bay by adding another win to his colourful record.
DeGale has been out with injury for some time now so this fight is a great opportunity for him to blow the rus off and put himself on centre stage whilst all other main contenders for the belts in the super middleweight division are tis up with the Super Six Series. The likes of George Groves, Chris Eubank Junior, Callum Smith remain in contention to win the Ali trophy, all of whom make for an interesting fight against DeGale should he come through at the weekend.
My boxing tip for this encounter is for DeGale to put Truax away within the twelve rounds and look to mind 2018 for a clash with one of the aforementioned Brits who come away from the Super Six tournament empty handed. He’s not totally fit for a showdown with a super middleweight champ just yet, but one or two more wins under his belt and he could creep up the rankings.
|2017-01-14||Badou Jack||Draw||Majority Decision|
|2016-04-30||Rogelio Medina||Win||Unanimous Decision|
|2015-11-28||Lucian Bute||Win||Unanimous Decision|
|2015-05-23||Andre Dirrell||Win||Unanimous Decision|
|2014-11-22||Marco Antonio Periban||Win||KO/TKO|
Back to DeGale’s troubling health over the last year and in particular, the problems with his right shoulder. We saw evidence of this when he matched up against Badu Jack in having thrown only seven jabs in the entire fight. Despite the handicap, he still came out on top. This is a testament to his determination and ringcraft, and coupled with the improved fitness levels there’s no surprise that the bookmarkers are giving short odds on DeGale beating Truax.
One semblance of doubt remains in the critics eyes, that being DeGale has been out of action for over two years. A lack of momentum may be the one barrier holding him back from leaving the arena this weekend with a win. Backing DeGale to take a victory on points is a wise bet, and falls in line with our prediction.