Benn: DeGale can still become a champion
By Scott Gilfoid: After losing by one of the most controversial decisions I’ve ever laid eyes on before, super middleweight contender James DeGale (10-1, 8 KO’s) still has a very bright future and will no doubt move on to a future world title and perhaps even to greatness.
DeGale was on the losing end of a controversial decision against George Groves in a 12 round majority decision loss on May 21st, despite DeGale being the one that was putting all the pressure on a constantly running Groves. I’m not the only one that feels this way. Nigel Benn also sees DeGale going on to big things in the future.
Speaking with the SunSport, Benn said “For me, the fight was flat… When the public pay that kind of money, you can’t dance around and do all that kind of stuff. Just because DeGale lost, it doesn’t mean he can’t become a world champion — he can still go on. But what he’s got to do is button it and let his fists do the talking. Don’t forget, DeGale’s a very classy fighter.”
Yes, I completely agree with Mr. Benn. The public did lay out a lot of cash to see the Groves vs. DeGale fight and yes there was a lot of dancing, but it wasn’t coming from DeGale. Heck, he was the one making the fight. I mean what does a guy have to do to get a win? DeGale was all over Groves whenever he’d stop running and pounding the innards out of him on those occasions. But you can’t give rounds to a runner/challenger when he’s facing the champion. In this case, DeGale was the champion and there is no way that Groves should have been given any of the rounds in the second half of the fight. I saw a total shut out from DeGale after the 5th.
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