At the 02 Arena, London, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr settled their differences in a fight DeGale by his own omission dubbed a retirement fight, implying if he lost, it would be the end of his career.

For Chris Eubank Jr it was an opportunity for redemption, a victory against world level opposition which had evaded him previously against both Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves when he stepped up in opposition previously.

After a tentative opening round, it was Eubank Jr who came firing out of the blocks in the second round with a flurry of punches that appeared to hurt DeGale and sent him stumbling backwards only to be held up by the ropes, forcing the referee to issue a count. A 10-8 round to Eubank Jr.

DeGale appeared to regain his legs in the 3rd round, which was a much closer round, through the middle rounds the rounds were more subjective but it was Eubank Jr who appeared the more heavy-handed and physically stronger of the two, while DeGale was landing single shots Eubank Jr was letting his hands go in spurts, each time he did it caused DeGale concern.

As the fight progressed the early excitement of the opening two rounds seemed a million miles away until the 10th round when in the last minute Eubank Jr stunned DeGale with a huge left hook that shook DeGale who did well to stay on his feet, but an onslaught from Eubank Jr saw Degale take a knee at the end of the round. Another 10-8 round for Eubank Jr. Degale would need a knockout from here to win.

In the 11th round, Eubank Jr had a point taken off for shoulder barging DeGale to the canvass, but it seemed as if it would make little difference at this point as DeGale looked wobbly on his feet, with nothing left in the tank to turn it around.

In the 12th round, it was Eubank Jr who finished on the front foot as he tried to force a stoppage, DeGale to his credit survived some big punches and survived the round to go the distance, surely however losing by a few rounds on the cards, if true to his word it will likely be the final time we see James Degale in the ring, if so what a fantastic career he has had, Olympic Gold Medallist, British, European and world champion.

The scorecards came in and the three judges score the fight 114-112, 115-112, 117-109. Eubank Jr wins via unanimous decision.

This was, in my opinion, Eubank Jr’s most impressive performance to date and will surely raise his stock and propel him further towards competing against some of the best in the division, some big fights likely await.