James DeGale vacates super-middleweight world title to pursue ‘big fights’


The Brit withdrew from a mandatory bout against Jose Uzcategui

James DeGale has vacated his IBF super-middleweight world title in order to “secure big fights” in the latter stages of his career.

The 32-year-old regained the belt from Caleb Truax in April, having lost it to the American in London last December.

DeGale first won the title by beating Andre Dirrell in 2015

DeGale first won the title by beating Andre Dirrell in 2015

He was subsequently ordered to face a tough Venezuelan mandatory challenger, Jose Uzcategui, but has opted out of the bout by giving up the strap.

“Today I have relinquished my IBF world title as I look to secure big fights in the final chapter of my career,” explained DeGale in a Twitter statement.

“I’ve achieved so much in my career, Olympic gold, British and European titles and becoming a two-time world champion.

“This is the final phase of my career where I want to be in the biggest fights possible.

“My team have been working very hard behind the scenes and we’ve got some exciting news to announce soon.”

DeGale has been previously linked with a potential September fight against Billy Joe Saunders and also been rumoured to be in talks with George Groves over a possible rematch.

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