Date: 2nd March 2014 at 11:46am
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In Bristol, on Saturday night, James DeGale continued his march towards a world title fight.

Defending his WBC silver super-middleweight belt, De Gale eventually wore down and stopped a gallant challenger in the shape of Gevorg Khatchikian.

DeGale always seemed to be on top of his opponent at the City Academy Sports Centre but it took a body-shot, in round eleven, to bring the contest to an end.

DeGale didn?t have matters all his own way though with Khatchikian catching DeGale with some powerful shots, in round six, that left DeGale pinned on the ropes.

The eleventh round saw DeGale floor his opponent with a big shot but Khatchikian rose to his feet only to go down from that aforementioned body-shot shortly after.

Talking to the media afterwards, DeGale had this to say,

?I knew I was wearing him down.?

‘I knew the first couple of rounds would be difficult. He wanted to fight, but I broke him down. The better the opponent, the better I box.?

‘I could see at the press conference that he really wanted it. I’ve done 11 rounds and ended up stopping him, I’m pleased.?

‘It’s about moving on now and just getting that world title. That’s what it’s all about.’


Where DeGale goes now will depend on the WBC. With a proposed final world title eliminator against Badou Jack now somewhat meaningless after Jack was flattened by Dereck Edwards, in the first round, on Friday night, DeGale could find himself going straight into a world title fight with the WBC champion Sakio Bika.