• James DeGale v Hadillah Mohoumadi

DeGale gets back to business at Bluewater

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James DeGale got the win he needed © PA Photos
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James DeGale retained his European super-middleweight title with a unanimous points decision victory over Hadillah Mohoumadi at Bluewater on Saturday.

DeGale, making his first appearance in the ring since April, looked in need of some extra conditioning at points in the contest but did enough overall to find favour with the judges, eventually earning a comfortable 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 triumph on the scorecards.

A crowd-pleasing knockout proved beyond DeGale's reach as he boxed on home soil for the first time in 12 months, as his wily French opponent ducked and dived and gave him plenty to think about.

A strong right hand in the fifth round that rocked Mohoumadi was perhaps the highlight of the former Olympic gold medallist's performance - but a win was always the main thing as he searches for bigger and better challenges in the division.

Meanwhile, on the undercard Chris Eubank Jr extended his unbeaten record to 7-0 with a points victory over journeyman Ruslans Pojonisevs.

Moving up to eight rounds for the first time in his career, Eubank Jr failed to knock out Pojonisevs, but never looked in serious danger of losing the bout as he gained more experience in his bid to move through the middleweight ranks.

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