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James DeGale vs Caleb Truax Boxing Start time, live stream, TV channel, and undercard.

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Truax (left) gained real impetus in the fifth round

By Luke Reddy | BBC Sport



James DeGale says he will "go back to the drawing board" after his shock defeat by American Caleb Truax at London's Copper Box Arena.

DeGale lost his IBF world super-middleweight title as Truax won 114-114 115-112 116-112 on the cards.

The Briton was as short as 1-100 with some bookmakers as he fought for the first time since January.

"There's something missing in the ring," said 31-year-old DeGale, who had shoulder surgery in July.

Truax, 34, offered constant pressure and rocked DeGale in the fifth as a stiff right drew gasps in the venue.

DeGale, timid for large parts, rallied late on but Truax took the title.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after the fight, DeGale - who suffered his second professional defeat - added: "I honestly did [think I'd won], I've got to go back to the drawing board.

"My nose is blocked again, I've got to sort it out. The shoulder - I had serious reconstruction - there's no pain but I'll have to go back, have a look and see. I've probably rushed back to be honest, maybe I should have waited till next year."

He added: "I'm going to speak to Al Haymon [his boxing advisor] later, maybe I can get a rematch."

Truax, who extended his record to 29-3, said: "All week all I heard was who he's going to fight next. Well guess what? Those fights are mine now.

"I'd love to [fight in the UK again]. I'm staying until Wednesday - if anybody sees me, buy some pints."
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