The real reason James DeGale kicked Chris Eubank Jr. out of his gym

Ringside 28/01/2019

📸 Lawrence Lustig

The ring James DeGale owns in his gym is a constant reminder to him of a victory over Chris Eubank Jr. in an infamous sparring session that sparked the bitter feud that has led to their British blockbuster showdown on Saturday 23rd February at The O2.

DeGale and Eubank clash in the most eagerly awaited domestic tear-up in recent years. Headlining a packed show, De Gale v Eubank Jr. is promoted by Poxon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

The main event is supported with the Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce. He defends his title against the Former World Champion Bermane Stiverne.

Plus the return of Former IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby, exclusively LIVE on ITV Box Office.

The notorious sparring session between DeGale and Eubank Jr. happened in 2011 at his then gym in Debden, Essex. At the time, DeGale was preparing to challenge for the European Super-Middleweight title. Young prospect Eubank had only had a handful of fights.

It was agreed between both camps that they would spar eight rounds. But after six rounds in which DeGale said he had got the better of, Eubank Jr. left the ring for no particular reason with two rounds still remaining.

When DeGale (📸 Lawrence Lustig) and his trainer Jim McDonnell then started a pad session, Eubank Jr. did his trademark rope-vault back into the ring and started shadow boxing in between them. This infuriated DeGale and he threw the brash Brighton visitor out of the gym for being disrespectful.


The Harlesden man was later enraged DeGale. Eubank Jr. and his father broke the unwritten boxing rule of sparring. Instead of ‘keeping it in the gym’, he came out the next day on social media stating that he had ‘schooled’ DeGale.

That was the starting point of their bad blood. The pair have clashed over the years as the animosity and rivalry has built up to boiling point. Now they will finally settle it once and for all in one of the most highly anticipated fights in recent years.

DeGale personally owns the boxing ring that the spar took place in. He had it installed at the famous Stonebridge gym where he trained for many years before the gym recently moved to a new location in Wembley.

The ring came back into focus last week when ITV cameras filmed with DeGale.

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This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office. For further information and updates, please go to www.itvboxoffice.com