Boxing: James DeGale vacates IBF strap


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British star James DeGale has vacated his IBF super-middleweight belt as he tries to secure more big fights in the final few years of his career.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist has not fought since April when he gained revenge by beating Caleb Truax just seven months after he lost his title to the American.

DeGale had been expected to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Jose Uzcategui later this year but he has now decided that he should pursue other options.

In a statement, the southpaw confirmed his intention to move on to new challenges.

He said on social media: “Today I have relinquished my IBF World title as I look to secure big fights in the final chapter of my career.

“I’ve achieved so much in my career, Olympic Gold, British, European and International titles and two-time World Champion.

“This is the final phase of my career and I have a few good years left where I can be involved in massive fights and really leave a legacy in the division’s history.

“My team have been working very hard behind the scenes and we’ve got some exciting news to announce soon.”

DeGale is reportedly looking to fight WBO middleweight champion and fellow 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders at London’s O2 Arena on September 15.

He might also face the winner of the clash between WBA super-middleweight champion George Groves and Callum Smith in the final of the upcoming World Boxing Super Series.

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