Originally Posted by lirva
Degale willingly goes on the backfoot and willingly goes to the ropes. It's not like he is getting pressurised and can't keep the guy off. He decides to do it and pose defensively with that makeshift mayweather defence.
It's really stupid but thats what he does.
I reckon he has the ability to box on the outside all night but prefers not to. Watch him vs darren sutherland at the olympics. Degale ran for his life all night and won the fight quite easily.
Stupid is the right word, because the problem is regardless of whether he thinks he's Mayweather or James Toney the evidence is slightly contrary to that idea. He gets hit a fair bit, too much for a guy thats supposed to be soaking it up and countering. He doesn't get any real leverage on the ropes the way those guys do, nor is he a natural there. Better than most British fighters but nothing to suggest it should be a tactic.
You can't really run all night in the pros, and DeGale has taken a pretty macho approach recently. If he gets hit he likes to either soak it up on the ropes or get into a tough fight. He doesn't really use a long game.
All concerns going into this fight. Should win but 11/2 ain't bad, will see how other bookies price it, got a feeling might get 6's.