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New IBF champion open to rematch with James DeGale

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New IBF World Super-Middleweight champion, Caleb Truax, has stated he would be open to a rematch with James DeGale, after the American defeated the Brit via majority decision last Saturday, at the Copper Box Arena, London.

Truax, 34, upset the 31 year old former champion and though no contractual rematch clause was within the contract, Truax would be open to a rematch.

“That just goes to show you how much he was overlooking me, I think. There was no contractual rematch clause, but I would be open to it. I took short money for this fight and I didn’t take on as much notice as I would like, but if they want a rematch, they are going to have to pay me, that’s for sure.”

Truax also said that DeGale could even be his next opponent, and is happy to fight in the UK again.

“I wouldn’t mind coming back here. I like it over here, everybody’s been real great to me over here, and if the money’s better over here, I’ll come back over here.”

I’m a fighter that makes adjustments pretty well, and I’m pretty good at figuring guys out, especially if I’ve been in the ring with them before,” he said.

“I wouldn’t see it going any other way than it did this time and possibly by stoppage.”

James DeGale seemed to take his eye off of his American opponent and looked to be looking ahead to future bouts with George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr, who face one another next year. Truax felt the same and was glad to shut the 31 year old up.

“I couldn’t wait to get in there and ruin his plans. All I heard for a week was who he is fighting next, and how much money he’s going to make in 2018.  How many stadiums he’s going to sell-out against Groves and Eubank, and Callum Smith, and Benavidez, and anybody else that he was fighting, besides me.”

“I just smirked it off and couldn’t wait to show him that he made a huge mistake.”

DeGale has stated he will take some time off to reflect and make a decision in the near future as to what his next step shall be.