Big hits Londoner’s five best fights
DeGale makes first defence of his IBF title against a former world champion in his home city. It was a thrilling fight, DeGale winning on a unanimous points decision. v Andre Dirrell, May 2015 Boston Puts American down twice in the second round and sticks to his guns to claim the vacant A KO against the Mexican, DeGale producing an explosive thirdround stoppage with two big left hands. v Brandon Gonzáles, May 2014 Wembley Meets unbeaten American in an IBF super middleweight title eliminator on biggest night of career. Destroys Gonzáles in fourth round. Wins British super middleweight title with victory over Smith, making his second defence. Makes emphatic statement by stopping him, in ninth round.