Chris Eubank Jr. Outpoints DeGale in 12, Wins IBO Super Middleweight Title
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
London, UK (February 24th, 2018)– It was not the best display of boxing to win, according to Chris Eubank Sr., though his son Chris Eubank Jr. did win the vacant International Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight championship by outpointing James DeGale over 12 rounds in the main event at O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Eubank, 28-2 with 21 knockouts, Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom, dropped DeGale twice behind a consistent combination attack, but lost one point in round 11 for body slamming fouling. DeGale, 25-3-1 with 15 knockouts, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. loaded up on one shot and held frequently. In the later rounds, DeGale got hit enough his legs were questionable, but he gamely survived the championship rounds to the final bell. Real Combat Media scored the bout 115-112 fairly for Chris Eubank Jr., in agreement with the most correct official scorecard, number two. DeGale sustained a cut around the right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round ten. Eubank Jr. pressured DeGale a lot, with left hooks and right hands. DeGale held when he could, and had no overall alternate game plan to counter Eubank’s consistent blows and aggression.
Result: Chris Eubank Jr. Win 12 James DeGale, Super Middleweights
Eubank Jr. Wins Vacant IBO World Super Middleweight Title
Scoring: 107-109, 115-112, 114-112 for Eubank Jr.
DeGale down in rounds two and ten. Eubank lost a point in round 11 for a body slam.
Referee: Michael Alexander
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