James DeGale vs Caleb Truax – Boxing Preview & Betting Tips

IBF world super middleweight title – Boxing from Copperbox, London at 10:00pm 9th December 017

James DeGale v Caleb Truax Tips

The Copperbox at London’s former Olympic venue, Stratford provides the backdrop as Frank Warren and BT Sport give followers of the fight game an early Christmas present. There’s a feast of A-List British stars on show, before the attention moves across the Atlantic for the fight that’s got everyone talking – Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux. You’ll find our predictions and betting tips on that one elsewhere on the boxing section of this site.

Returning to the UK, and James DeGale defends his world title against Caleb Truax. Chunky goes in on the back of a draw, but the betting has him nailed on to get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity. In fact, traders are so sweet on a DeGale win, punters must rummage around in the specials to uncover any value. We’ve done exactly that – and look to have found it too.

Expert James DeGale v Caleb Truax Betting Tips

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James DeGale vs Caleb Truax – Fight Preview and Predictions

James DeGale has an army of followers amongst lovers of British boxing, but there’s plenty in the game – usually armchair fans – who would love to see the fast-talking Londoner shut up. He was, you’ll remember, put in his place by George Groves back in 2011 at the 02 Arena, but that remains his only career defeat in 25 fights, showing a record of 23-1-1. The spare draw came last time, ending level with Badou Jack in America, a fight many thought he did enough to win.

Jack is renowned for his fondness for upsetting the odds, and came close to doing the same again vs Chunky, but, personally, I thought the Englishman should’ve got the nod. Biased? Perhaps a little, but one judge agreed, scoring it 114-112, the other two 113-113, 113-113. DeGale’s last four fights have all gone the distance – he’s 6/4 at William Hill to win over the judges again, or 4/7 with Paddy Power to get the job done inside-the-distance. A straight win is no good, 1/41 at Sportingbet.

Little is known about challenger Caleb Traux, but that’ll all change if he beats DeGale in his own backyard. The 34-year-old American, fighting out of Ossea, Minnesota brings a so-so professional record, and maybe not what you would expect from a challenger for a recognised world title. 28 wins, against three defeats and two draws, he has lost two of his last five, both by stoppage. That doesn’t inspire confidence in the upset now, does it?

Stopped in twelve rounds by Daniel Jacobs in 2015, he was then beaten in a round by Anthony Dirrell, in Atlantic City a year later. A poor effort, and many would say he doesn’t deserve another shot at a major prize, but back-to-back KO wins over average opposition in Zachariah Kelley (5-15-0) and KeAndrae Leatherwood (20-4-1) nudged him back into contention. Another stoppage has been written off at 25/1 (Betfair), the points win on foreign soil understandably bigger, 66/1 (Betfair).

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James DeGale vs Caleb Truax – Betting Tips and Predictions

Let’s keep it simple, it’ll save time. This is a case of how James DeGale wins, rather than if. Regular followers of my previews will know I love the trends, but not this time. The form of the fav makes a points win the play, but Traux doesn’t belong at this level, and has been stopped twice recently. Therefore, DeGale by KO/TKO is the NAP of our betting tips at 4/7 (Betfair).

There’s lots of boxing on Saturday, so that’ll do a job in your accumulators, without too much drama. If you’re after something at chunkier odds, we’re picking through the round group betting, and taking DeGale in rounds 7-12 at 2/1 with Coral as the next best of our predictions. Neither man carries too much power into this one, so we should see it progress into the second-half.

Top James DeGale v Caleb Truax Tip

DeGale KO/TKO at 4/7 with BetfairJames DeGale v Caleb Truax Tip - DeGale KO/TKO at 4/7

Longer odds tip for the fight

DeGale rounds 7-12 at 2/1 with CoralJames DeGale v Caleb Truax Correct Score Tip - DeGale rounds 7-12 at 2/1