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23 OCTOBER 2014

 

Degale Strikes Gold In Beijing




By Craig Phillips: British middleweight James DeGale sealed his Olympic dream as he overcame Cuban boxer Emilio Correa this afternoon.

DeGale became the first British Olympic champion since Audley Harrison in 2000, and the first middleweight gold medallist since Chris Finnegan struck Gold in Mexico City back in 1968.

The 22 year old from Hammersmith came out of the blocks fast and took the Cuban by surprise in the opening round, DeGale looked to do what he’d done throughout the games and stay on the back foot and score points on the counter attack and managed to frustrate his opponent by doing this in the opening two minutes.

At one point it seemed that the Cuban boxer had bitten DeGale and DeGale was given two points after the referee gave an official warning.

The second session became a little messy as the Cuban used his untidy style and tried to put his mark on the fight, all the while DeGale stayed focused and by the half way point he held a comfortable lead.

The third round wasn’t so good for the British boxer as he allowed his opponent back into the contest.


DeGale held a two point advantage going into the final session, and he managed to score points every time that his opponent scored and even managed to extend his lead to three points.

In the final minute it was clear DeGale would win if he stayed out of trouble, and he managed to do so and seal an historic gold and a magnificent games for not only the boxing team but the British Olympic team as a whole.

DeGale took the decision by a score of 16-14 and his performances throughout the games and the marketability of his gold medal will surely mean the riches of the professional game are not too far around the corner.

But for the time being DeGale and Team GB can look back at a successful games and amateur boxing will now turn its attention to London 2012.


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