DeGale decisions Davis to set up world title shot
James DeGale (17-1) has retained his WBC Silver super middleweight title by beating Dyah Davis (22-4-1) on points in Kent.
The 27-year-old started strongly,and had the American in trouble in the second round, peppering him with shots as Davis sought refuge behind his guard on the ropes.
Comfortably ahead on the scorecards, DeGale took his foot off the pedal in the eighth round and was caught with a swift shot that seemed to do a bit of damage to his nose.
However, the Londoner coasted into the 12th round with some clever boxing and took the decision with all three judges scoring the bout 118-110 in his favour.
Now DeGale is in perfect position to eventually challenge for a world title.
The WBC has ordered DeGale to face Las Vegas-based Badou Jack (16-0-1), a 2008 Olympian for Gambia, in a final eliminator for the right to become the mandatory challenger for titlist Sakio Bika.
DeGale has won seven fights in a row since his lone loss to George Groves in May 2011.