“I thought Eubank Jr was very average and DeGale just boxed terrible – his worst performance I’ve seen”
The 29-year-old comfortably saw off the former Olympic gold medalist, 33, and even managed to floor him in the 2nd and 10th round.
Judges scored the bout 114-112, 115-112, 117-109 – all in Eubank Jr’s favour.
Fans were quick to react to the bout on Twitter with many rubbishing the fight and both boxers.
One said: “S*** fight, DeGale was dreadful tonight and Eubank definitely deserved that. How DeGale didn’t get knocked out was beyond me.”
Another added: “I thought he (Eubank Jr) was very average and DeGale just boxed terrible – his worst performance I’ve seen. Eubank gets schooled by the elites.”
A disgruntled viewer said: “Eubank has no power and hurt him every time he hit him clean. Don’t get me wrong, DeGale was proper five years ago. This was one fight too many though. He should have given up after his last fight.”
But, some praised both DeGale and Eubank Jr in the aftermath of the fight.
The fan chipped in: “Wow, how many shots did DeGale take? After all that offence Eubank still couldn’t knock him down. DeGale’s the winner for me.”
A final commenter added: “Eubank is the real deal, as I always knew. The Groves fight was a tactical mistake. DeGale said Eubank can’t box. Wrong.”
Eubank Jr settled a long-standing grudge between the pair at the 02 Arena on Saturday night, following a war of words that has lasted for years.
Following the win, he said: “I’m back where I need to be – at the top of the food chain and now I’m coming for all the other belts in the super-middleweight division.
“I knew he (DeGale) would come in here and run, I’ve been working on my jabs, he is a very slick southpaw but the gameplay worked, smart pressure, not getting too ahead of myself, picking my shots and choosing my time to attack.”