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Ferocious DeGale impresses in win

Jindrich Kubin
DeGale was victorious in the first round

Olympic champion James DeGale floored Jindrich Kubin to secure a first-round win over the Czech in his second professional bout in Belfast on Friday.

DeGale had won his professional debut in February on points but was widely criticised for the style of his win.

But the middleweight was quickly on the offensive this time, landing a huge left before delivering a series of rights, with the third poleaxing Kubin.

World amateur champion Frankie Gavin stopped Frenchman Mourad Frarema.

DeGale, 23, had begun his professional career with victory over Georgia's Vepkhia Tchilaia at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena but failed to impress many spectators, some of whom booed him at the end.

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And the Londoner was given a frosty reception in Belfast when he was booed into the ring.

But DeGale gave the perfect response to his critics with a relentlessly aggressive performance against the Czech, who was boxing outside eastern Europe for the first time.

"The performance was fantastic," DeGale said.

"I put my punches together, the geezer had five wins and no losses, and while I'm not saying he was fantastic he was 5-0 with three knockouts and I went in there and did the business.

"I'm a bit shocked with my own performance really. I knew I could do it. I've gone from my first fight - which when I watch it I cringe - to this.

"It's always been there - I do it in the gym, in training - but it's about transferring the gym work into the ring and I'm doing it now.

"I'm not being big-headed or boasting but I can do what I want - I can box and I can fight."

Gavin had a tougher fight than DeGale, but the Birmingham boxer still managed to secure a third-round stoppage against Frarema.

The Frenchman caught Gavin twice early in the third, but the world amateur champion then produced a flurry of punches, forcing referee Mark Green to step in.

DeGale's fellow Beijing Olympian Billy Joe Saunders also made it two wins from two with victory over Ronny Gabel, making light work of his German opponent with a second successive two-round victory.

Earlier, Chorley welterweight Michael Jennings returned to the ring after his unsuccessful world title shot in February with a fourth-round victory over unbeaten local man Willie Thompson.



see also
From cheers to jeers for DeGale
01 Mar 09 |  Boxing
DeGale rattled by crowd boos
01 Mar 09 |  Boxing
British trio make winning starts
01 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Gavin cannot wait for pro debut
25 Feb 09 |  Boxing
Saunders relishing pro debut
14 Jan 09 |  Boxing
DeGale excited by pro challenge
02 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Gavin to join professional ranks
31 Oct 08 |  Boxing
Difficult decision for DeGale
12 Sep 08 |  England
Medal hope Gavin out of Olympics
07 Aug 08 |  Boxing


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