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James DeGale regains IBF title with unanimous decision over Caleb Truax

It was a messy, bloody affair but James DeGale eeked out a win tonight on Showtime.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

James DeGale caught a bad cut over his right eye early in tonight’s Showtime co-feature with Caleb Truax, and it clearly affected him. He still managed to gut out a unanimous decision win though on official scores of 117-110, 114-113, and 114-113.

I also scored the fight 114-113, but in favor of Truax who benefited from a point deduction in the 10th when DeGale blatantly pushed right after being warned for doing so.

It was a foul-filled fight tonight, start to finish. DeGale was leading with his head a lot and even smashed Truax in the mouth a couple times with his cranium in the early rounds, which obviously hurt Truax.

Truax would continue to march forward, stalking DeGale, but DeGale was able to find spots to land his signature punches when he wasn’t being blinded by the blood flowing into his eye.

In the end DeGale looked ecstatic after hearing his named called as the winner, as he once again becomes the IBF super middleweight champion of the world. In the post-fight interview Truax said he felt he deserved to retain his belt while DeGale admitted his cut hampered his vision but still managed to show his class.

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