James DeGale gives up European belt in pursuit of world title

Last Updated: 18/12/12 12:03pm

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James DeGale: Is now chasing a world title after relinquishing European belt

James DeGale: Is now chasing a world title after relinquishing European belt

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Former Olympic champion James DeGale has relinquished his European super-middleweight crown to focus on his pursuit of a world title.

DeGale, who won gold as a middleweight in Beijing in 2008, defeated Pole Piotr Wilczewski in October last year to win the belt and has since defended it twice against Cristian Sanavia and Hadillah Mohoumadi.

The 26-year-old registered an emphatic points decision over Fulgencio Zuniga 10 days ago to land the WBC silver title and now feels it is time to concentrate on building his reputation on the world stage.

"It has been an real honour to be EBU champion and it's a shame that I have had to choose between the two championship belts I hold," DeGale said.

"However, I feel my decision to relinquish the European belt is the right decision at this stage in my career.

"I've won it and defended it twice and I feel the best course of action is to defend my WBC belt on route to a world title.

"The WBC belt will give me a wider choice of world class opponents."

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