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.
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.”