Boxing

After 10 years as a pro, James DeGale has officially retired from boxing following his recent loss to Chris Eubank Jr. in London, England. This was an expected move for the 33-year-old DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KOs), as he was soundly beaten by a fighter that many believe that he would have had a fairly easy time beating in his prime.

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“I want it all and I want it now.” Those lyrics by the rock group Queen describe the sentiments of boxing fans perfectly. With lack of institutional control and pre-made schedules (as opposed to leagues such as the National Football League or the Premier League), each time a bout is announced that does not match the perceived best fighters, that announcement causes a massive letdown among fans.

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George Groves says it’s time for former IBF super middleweight champion James ‘Chunky’ DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KOs) to hang up his gloves and retire following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Lesson learned: don’t overstay your career. When you’re shot, it’s time to walk away from the sport. DeGale stuck around a little too long, and got worked over and body slammed by Eubank Jr. tonight.

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Joe Joyce (8-0, 8 KOs) will be fighting next for the WBA heavyweight world title against champion Manuel Charr after stopping Bermane Stiverne (25-4-1, 21 KO) in the sixth round on Saturday night.

Joyce used his size and his high volume punching style to batter the former World Boxing Council heavyweight title holder Stiverne for six rounds before the referee stopped the fight at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The fight was shown on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing in the U.S.

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