James DeGale upbeat despite ear injury and losing teeth in draw with Badou Jack
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 15/01/17 10:46am
James DeGale has a broken ear drum and is missing his front teeth but remains in high spirits after a visit to a New York hospital.
The British IBF champion retained his belt after drawing his super-middleweight unification fight with Badou Jack on Saturday night, but suffered some injuries during a lively contest.
WBC title-holder Jack was floored in the opening round, but the American battled back to knock down DeGale in the 12th as both traded heavy blows in the closing stages.
DeGale, who told his opponent immediately after the fight he wanted a rematch, told Sky Sports: "He bust my ear drum and I've lost my teeth. I don’t know what I'm going to do. I'm still pretty though!"
The fighter from north-west London, who has won 23 times, drawn once and lost once as a professional, was treated at a New York hospital and in the early hours of Sunday provided his own medical update on social media.
He tweeted: "No front teeth, stitches, bust up face but I am still IBF world champion! Love a rematch if not move forward. Thank u all for your support"
In his post-fight comments with Sky Sports and Jack from the canvas, DeGale certainly sounded affected having lost some of his front teeth - that prevented him from biting on his mouth guard in the final round - and suffering a perforated ear drum.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had earlier allayed any fears about the extent of DeGale's injuries with a message and picture from New York.
Hearn tweeted: "James DeGale rocking a new gown..all checked out at Brooklyn hospital and all good"