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.


DeGale set for Burns undercard

10 03 2011

James DeGale: Back in action

James DeGale is set for his first appearance of 2011 when he takes on Frenchmen Alpay Kobal on Ricky Burns undercard on Saturday night. (12 March)

DeGale, whose next opponent is strongly rumoured to be long time rival George Groves, has not boxed since beating Paul Smith to win the British title last December.

The British super-middleweight champion will take on the 34-year-old Kobal, who has won only seven of his previous 21 professional fights (five by way of KO) and has failed to win in his last five fights.

With George Groves impressive in his win just last week, DeGale will be looking to impress and send a message to his bitter rival as talks of a fight between the two Londoners hot up.