DeGale edges Dirrell to win first world title
- Updated: May 23, 2015
James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) came into his clash with Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) looking to become the first British fighter to win a world title after winning an Olympic gold medal, and he did just that in winning a unanimous decision to pick up the vacant IBF super middleweight title.
It was a fight that was expected to be close but it almost ended abruptly in the second round when Dirrell, who was easily winning the round, ate a huge left cross from DeGale that sent him to the canvas. Dirrell beat the count but DeGale wasn’t finished, as he followed it up with another barrage of punches that saw Dirrell go down again.
Oddly enough, DeGale began to take his foot off the gas pedal as he gave away some of the middle rounds, while Dirrell’s confidence grew once again. From rounds 7-10, Dirrell appeared to be in control, after seizing the momentum of the fight, but it was DeGale who closed the show a little more aggressively and seemingly took the momentum back.
In the ends, the judges scored it 114-112, 117-109 and 114-112. 3MoreRounds also scored it for DeGale 114-112.