DeGale too strong for Davis
James DeGale moved a step closer to a title shot after comfortably defending his WBC silver super middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision victory over Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater in Kent.
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The 2008 Olympic gold medallist was dominant for the majority, although he had to recover from a slight lapse in the middle rounds to ensure a success he had claimed would be secured in style.
Davis' resilience ensured that would not be the case, but the American never possessed the power to cause any undue concern that DeGale might suffer an unexpected blip to his world title plans.
DeGale was easily the better fighter for the opening six rounds with a quick combination at the end of the first round, which forced Davis into immediate protection mode, a sign of things to come.
DeGale quickly grew in confidence, prompting him to exchange words with Davis at the end of the fourth and sixth rounds, and a right hook cracked back the challengers' head as he leaned against the ropes.
The American battled back in the next few rounds to belatedly claim back some ground, even landing a rare well-aimed right flush on the home hopeful.
DeGale's response was more than enough to ensure Davis' recovery never amounted to much, although the Briton admitted he had been left slightly frustrated afterwards.
"I made a fast start. It was nice. I was a bit lazy and switched off a couple of times," he told Channel Five.
"I'm not fully pleased to be honest.
"I maybe switched off a bit and got hit by a stupid shot. It's another 12 rounds under my belt."
DeGale found plenty of comfort in the performance, though, adding: "It was all right. I'm glad I stuck to my boxing.
"I could have been silly and come forward and got hit. I'm pleased I stood back.
"I'm learning, I'm still learning. He's an awkward opponent."
Elsewhere on the card, Chris Eubank Jr improved his record to 12-0 after claiming a sixth-round knockout win against Frankie Borg.
London fighter Lenny Daws bounced back from his defeat to Michele di Rocco last time out as he claimed a points victory in his six-rounder with Tony Pace.