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20 NOVEMBER 2018

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Caleb Traux Is Fully Prepared For ‘A Better James DeGale’  

All pics Stephanie Trapp/Showtime
All pics Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Traux expects to face a better and more prepared fighter when he rematches James DeGale at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas on Saturday night.


At a media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Traux said: “I think DeGale has been making excuses. He couldn’t stop talking about how great his shoulder felt heading into our first fight. Then right after the fight he said he felt fine. Now I guess he came back too early. He was in a tough fight not too long ago, so we’ll see how he is on Saturday night.


“I’m prepared for a better James DeGale. I took his belt and I know he’s going to come back hungry. I expect him to give it his all to get it back. He’ll be in top form.



Traux, who scored a shock 12 round points win over DeGale a few months ago to win the title, added: “As far as I know, I’m still an underdog for this fight. A lot of people think It was a fluke the first time around, so it’s up to me to prove them wrong. I’m ready to silence the critics and silence DeGale.


“I felt like I was going to win the whole time, but a lot of people said it was one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history. It still hasn’t really sunk in. Nothing has really changed. I’m a busier man but I still keep it really low key.


“Boxing isn’t a huge sport in Minneapolis because it’s such a great sports scene. Hopefully my win on Saturday and Jamal James on April 13 on PBC on FS1 will get some more kids into the gyms.


“There were plenty of things that I had to improve on after the first fight. I’ve had four months to really dig down and prepare for this fight. I’ve known the rematch was coming and I’ve been able to get ready.”

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