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James DeGale secured a unanimous points victory over American Dyah Davis in Kent on Saturday to edge closer to a super-middleweight world title shot.
The 27-year-old 2008 Olympic champion defended his WBC Silver super-middleweight title in front of his home fans at Bluewater with a fairly comfortable win as all three judges scored it 118-110 in his favour to leave him with a record of 17 wins from 18 fights.
DeGale, whose only professional defeat was against fellow Briton George Groves in 2011, could now earn a title eliminator against Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban, with the winner facing WBC super-middleweight champion Sakio Bika at some point next year.
The southpaw Londoner dominated the opening five rounds and had his 32-year-old opponent rattled on several occasions as he went for the stoppage.
However Davis did come back into the contest and left DeGale with a bloodied nose in the eighth but he couldn’t turn the fight around in his favour.
Afterwards DeGale told Channel 5: “I’m not fully pleased. I was a bit lazy and switched off a couple of times.
He added: “I maybe switched off a bit and got hit by a stupid shot.
“It’s another 12 rounds under my belt; I’m still learning. He’s an awkward opponent.”