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Magnificent Seven: James DeGale stops Carl Dilks in 2:54

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In the first televised bout, former Olympic gold medalist James DeGale blew away Carl Dilks, stopping the domestic veteran at 2:54 of the first round.

DeGale (8-0, 6 KO) is now in line for a shot at the British super middleweight title. Dilks (14-3, 5 KO) had a ton of trouble keeping up with DeGale's speed and angles and while the stoppage might have seemed premature, he sure didn't complain. Dilks stayed with DeGale for just a moment, but then DeGale completely overwhelmed him. It was as zoned in as DeGale has looked to date as a pro.

After the fight, DeGale's promoter Frank Warren called out the other hot Brit prospect at 168, George Groves, for a December fight. Groves is currently set to fight in late October on Sky Sports.

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