Tomorrow is going to be a day jam-packed with boxing matches. In addition to Lomachenko-Rigondeaux (ESPN) and Salido-Roman (HBO), we’ll also have James DeGale defending his IBF super middleweight title against Caleb Truax at the Copper Box Arena in London.
And in anticipation for that main event, DeGale and Truax hold the final press conference before the opening bell rings. You can catch the presser above courtesy of Fight Hub TV, with some excerpts below.
DeGale on coming back after a long, hard year following his draw with Badou Jack and subsequent shoulder surgery:
“[Jack was a hard fight] because I was one-armed, and you guys are gonna see on Saturday night that it really was my shoulder. That’s crazy. When you look at the punch stats of me and Badou Jack, I threw seven jabs in the whole fight. I’m a right-handed southpaw. I hook off my jab. I jab a lot. I couldn’t do that so on Saturday you will see a two-armed me, and go out here and throw a lot of punches, a lot of jabs, a lot of hooks, and yeah, you’re going to see a performance.”
DeGale on what he expects from Truax:
“He’s actually a good fighter. He’s been in there with some good, credible opponents. He knocked down Jermain Taylor. But the level of opponents I’ve been boxing my last four, five fights have been the best. And every time he’s stepped up to the highest level he’s failed. I’m recognized as #1 in the world so I’m looking to get in there and do a proper job on him...”
Truax on his response to DeGale’s statements:
“I disagree. Like he said, I respect his James’ abilities, has a great amateur pedigree, he’s got great experience in the pros, but I’m coming here to fight. And it’s too long a flight for me to not come to fight. I mean it’s an 8-hour flight so I wouldn’t come here if I didn’t think I was going to win. I’m here to show the British boxing fans what I’m all about. You guys have some of the greatest fans in the world, it gets pretty rowdy in the arenas over here. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and I’m just ready to go.”