Fight Night: Sat, Apr 07, 2018 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Truax vs DeGale

Britain's James DeGale regained his IBF title with a unanimous decision win over Caleb Truax in an exciting rematch of their December 2017 bout.
Truax vs DeGale Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
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Britain's James DeGale regained his IBF title with a strong UD win over Caleb Truax in an exciting rematch from their December 2017 bout in the UK.

Truax vs DeGale

James DeGale lands a shot against Caleb Truax in their 168-pound title fight. (Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME)

James DeGale earned back the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision in a rematch with Caleb Truax, taking back the title he lost last December in the near-universal upset of the year.

The 12-round championship affair was scored 117-110 and 114-113 twice. DeGale, who was deducted a point in the 10th for pushing, won the championship rounds - 11 and 12 - on all three judges' scorecards to win the decision.

"Two-time world champion. It feels great," DeGale said. "But full credit to Caleb - he shows he can mix it with the top fighters.

"I'm just happy that I'm a two time world champion and I got my IBF world title back. I'm back, Team Chunky, we're back. Two-and-a-half years I had it and I lost it to Caleb. He embarrassed me, but we're back."

DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) overcame a massive cut from an accidental head butt in the third, which was mistakenly ruled as the result of a punch from referee Robert Byrd.

"I couldn't see from my right eye, DeGale said. "I like Robert Byrd (referee), but today he was a bit wrong. I couldn't see. But I'm just glad I got through it. I showed some heart. In my last fight, I was like a weak little kid."

DeGale connected on 37 percent of his power shots compared to 28 percent for Truax. He now returns to London a world champion with some massive potential fights in the future.

"I want to be busy," DeGale said. "I have a couple years left in this sport."

Truax (29-4-2, 18 KOs), who fought for the first time as a world champion, was disappointed and advocated for a rematch after the scores were announced.

"I thought I did enough to win the fight, but I also thought I was pretty flat and didn't get my shots off like I wanted," Truax said. "I was just a little bit flat. I felt really good coming in but I just couldn't get my shots off like the last fight. He never hurt me, but it is what it is.

"I gave him a rematch straight away so why not do it again."

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