James DeGale claims WBC strap with victory over Zuniga in Hull
Last Updated: 09/12/12 7:57am
James DeGale: Too strong for Colombia's Fulgencio Zuniga
James DeGale delivered a unanimous points victory over Fulgencio Zuniga to win the WBC silver super-middleweight title in Hull.
DeGale, who won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has come in for criticism since turning professional but he turned in a convincing performance to see off his veteran opponent.
Colombia's Zuniga was knocked to the canvas with a well-timed left upper-cut in the third round but despite surviving the full 12 rounds, DeGale claimed victory as all three judges scored the contest 118-109 in his favour.
The reigning European super-middleweight champion landed a number of decent punches in the opening round before an uppercut in the third felled Zuniga.
He survived the count and referee Luigi Muratore inadvertently gave Zuniga some recovery time after mistakenly thinking he had heard the bell as the Colombian battled on.
DeGale continued to find his range and caused his opponent further problems in the sixth round, although Zuniga held firm and even managed to land a decent right in the 11th.
It was not enough to trouble DeGale though as he claimed victory and took another step towards securing a shot at a world title.
On the undercard, Chris Eubank Jr enjoyed a round two technical knockout over Olegs Fedotovs to improve his record to nine wins in as many bouts.
Eubank Jr, son of the former two-weight world champion, was taking part in his second fight in eight days after defeating Bradley Pryce on points last weekend.