Retirement now beckons for DeGale (Picture: Getty)James DeGale conceded he will probably retire after being battered by Chris Eubank Jr in their grudge match.
The eagerly-anticipated ‘retirement fight’ turned out to be a largely ugly affair, as Eubank Jr physicality loomed over DeGale.
The two-time world champion was dropped twice on the way to a wide points defeat and was asked about his future plans in the ring after the fight.
DeGale vowed to pack it in if he lost to Eubank Jr before Saturday night, but the 33-year-old stopped short of confirming his retirement.
He said: ‘I’ve done everything: Olympic gold, two world titles. He was tough, strong.
‘I didn’t do enough. I’ll have to go back and watch it, talk to my team, talk to my family, but I’m pretty sure that’s it.
(Picture: Getty)Should DeGale retire, he will hang up his gloves with just three defeats on his 29-fight record.
But two of those defeats have come in the last two years for DeGale, as the Olympic gold medalist struggled to shake off injury woes.
Eubank Jr bullied an erratic and restricted DeGale during their 12-round battle, and missed several opportunities to become the first man to stop DeGale.
While DeGale contemplates retirement, Eubank Jr said he could now set his sights on major world titles.
‘Now I’m going for all the other belts in the super-middleweight division,’ he said.
‘I knew he was going to use his boxing ability. I was working on my jab. He’s a very slick southpaw.
(Picture; Getty)‘The game plan worked, smart pressure. I didn’t get too much ahead of myself.
‘I dominated pretty much every single every round. I believe I proved the doubters wrong tonight.
‘They said I was going to get my head jabbed off. It was the most important fight of my career.
‘He didn’t quit, man enough to stay in the ring.’
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