Olympic gold medallist James DeGale marched on to a world title shot at unified champion Carl Froch with an impressive display against American Brandon Gonzales at Wembley.
‘Chunky’ came out firing from the off and had Gonzales in trouble early, before settling into a groove for the next two rounds and put the points in the bag.
In the fourth, the 28 year-old caught Gonzales with a terrific right hand and as the previously unbeaten fighter was wobbling, DeGale connected with a thunderous left hand that dropped him hard.
Though Gonzales hit the canvas heavy, he seemed to recover quicky, but as DeGale swung wildly in an attempt to end the bout, referee Steve Gray inexplicably stepped in without a punch landing.
Granted that ‘Flawless’ was hurt earlier, but to stop the fight when no shot was taken was very hard on Gonzales, which seemed to be a pattern of the night by British officials after the Kevin Mitchell fight.
DeGale will now move on to challenge Froch following the Nottingham fighter’s superb stoppage of Groves, and there will be big interest once again for the UK contingent if a fight is agreed soon.
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