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DeGale retains after war against Medina

DeGale vs. Medina

James DeGale may have looked past his opponent Rogelio Medina. Even he admitted that he “should be taking out people like Medina.” But he was entrenched in a war with the Mexican contender who was only thrown into the fight for the IBF World super middleweight title when No. 1 contender Jose Uzcategui was unable to take the because of an illness.

DeGale ultimate beat Medina by unanimous decision with a 115-113 and two 117-111 cards, but Medina certainly made it clear that he was right there with the world class champion, who is notably the first Brit to win an Olympic Gold Medal and world championship. But DeGale did not win impressively. The fight was much closer than the 117-111 cards show. DeGale’s faced was swollen by the end of the fight. Medina was hammering him with hard shots and was much more active.

DeGale was more accurate but he’s changed his style over his past few fights. He’s gone from a very fundamental boxer to a brawler who stands in there and exchanges big shots, it may be more exciting for fight fans, but it made him susceptible to a knockout. There were times when he was rattled by Medina, who fought in by far his biggest fight.

After every round, DeGale would stick out his tongue at his opponent, belittling Medina in a say. At the end of the 11th round Medina actually spit at DeGale, but despite the loss came out a huge winner. He’ll most certainly get another shot at a title very soon.

DeGale’s victory improved his record 23-1 and set himself up for a clash with Badou Jack, who later in the night won the WBC title from Lucian Bute, a man DeGale won his IBF title from.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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