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Sunday 4 December 2016

DeGale claims IBF world belt

James DeGale hailed the fulfilment of a dream after becoming the first British boxer to win both an Olympic gold and a professional world title.

DeGale (29) beat American Andre Dirrell on points in Boston night to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt.

DeGale, who won a middleweight gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 - beating Ireland's Darren Sutherland in the semi-final, won a unanimous points decision.

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