Too easy for DeGale

13 03 2011

DeGale: Easy nights work

James DeGale looked a class above on Saturday as he took apart Frenchmen Alpay Kobal.

In all honesty I expected DeGale, who was fighting for the first time in 2011, too breeze through this contest which was nothing more than a warm up for George Groves.

From round one DeGale was teeing off on the Frenchmen, picking his shots brilliantly and showing a good range of boxing skills. Kobal’s face was reddening as early as the second round as he couldn’t get away from DeGale’s shots, which were landing flush on his face.

It was only a matter of time before the fight was stopped as Kobal became DeGale’s personal punch-bag. All that was stopping the referee from jumping in was the lack of a sustained attack from DeGale.

But just one minute and 37 seconds into the fifth round, DeGale finally put together his combinations and produced a sustained attack which forced referee Vic Loughlin to call an end to the contest.

Now boxing fans should not read too much into this fight, it was nothing more or less than a stay busy fight, a chance for DeGale to shed any ring rust and try out a few moves he’s been learning in the gym.

The only issue I had with DeGale having Kobal as his opponent, is it doesn’t really help his preparation for the Groves fight. Where Groves’ previous fight was against a tall rangy southpaw, you can tell he had DeGale in mind.

But I suppose his trainer knows him better than I do and believed this was the right preparation for the fight.

I do believe that DeGale will have too much class for Groves and when they eventually meet, that DeGale will have him out of there within six rounds.

It has been a while since we have seen a British boxer who possess such a fantastic skill set and look forward to seeing DeGale’s rise through the ranks.

Click here to see what DeGale told FrankWarren TV following the fight.

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2 responses

18 03 2011
Boxing_Nut

We all know this was just a warm up for Groves. Didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t know about DeGale.

Can see the fight between Groves and DeGale being a real tear-up and could go down as a classic British fight and I think that their could be an upset on the cards if DeGale is not fully focussed.

18 03 2011
sweetscienceuk

I think you’re right about this fight for DeGale. It didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know but that was the point I suppose. It was just to get some rounds under his belt in preparation for the Groves fight.

I hope you’re right about the fight going down as a classic. Both these guys could go really far and to have a fight of this magnitude so early on in their careers is fantastic.

I definitely agree with the point about DeGale and if he isn’t focussed, I could see him getting KO because Groves does carry some power.

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