Groves and Smith eyed by DeGale

08 April 2018 07:38:31 EST

James DeGale has British rivals George Groves and Callum Smith in his sights after reclaiming his IBF world super-middleweight belt against Caleb Truax.

The 32-year-old Londoner surprisingly lost his belt to the American at London's Copper Box Arena in December via a points decision.

DeGale blamed his rush to return to the ring after shoulder surgery for his defeat and vowed to erase that embarrassing performance at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Full credit to Caleb Truax, he's tough and he's game, but when I'm fit and injury free people will find it hard to beat me.

James DeGale

However, it was not as straightforward as DeGale would have liked as he was left with a nasty cut around his right eye following a clash of heads and also deducted a point in the 10th for using his shoulder.

But he did enough to come through with a unanimous 117-110, 114-113 and 114-113 points victory from the judges and he can now look ahead to continuing his career.

DeGale said: "Full credit to Caleb Truax, he's tough and he's game, but when I'm fit and injury free people will find it hard to beat me.

"I've got my title back, I'm a proud IBF champion and I'm back."

DeGale is now looking at a possible unification fight against Mexico's WBC belt holder, David Benavediz, while closer to home Groves holds the WBA (Super) crown which he will put on the line against Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final on 14th July.

Groves is 4/6 to retain his title, while Smith is available at 5/4 and DeGale will no doubt be keen to fight the winner of that bout later in the year.

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