Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Briton DeGale beats Romanian-born Canadian Bute on points
  2. DeGale defends the title he won back in May against Andre Dirrell
  3. Earlier Tyson Fury shocked Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

Get involved

See you soon...

I can't think of a better way to end this momentous night/morning of boxing than on that tweet from American promoter Lou DiBella. What a time for Great Britain.

If you missed it, Tyson Fury is a world heavyweight champion after a remarkable night in Dusseldorf and some 3,500 miles away, James DeGale took care of business.

It has been something of a special few hours. Take a look at the BBC Sport boxing index to see all of the reaction and follow-on stories.

Thanks for being with us, farewell.

American promoter Lou Di Bella's thoughts...

Well, in an eventful night, well-known promoter Lou Di Bella, who also featured in the last Rocky film, toasts a new golden era for British boxing.

What a time for British boxing. A golden era for my friends across the pond. Cheers!!!!

Tempting Carl Froch out of retirement?

Former international footballer Carlton Palmer believes DeGale's performance was good enough to tempt Carl Froch into another big fight at Wembley Stadium...

Well done @jamesdegale1 great win @Carl_Froch let's see it Wembley stadium bigger than groves fight would be a fantastic fight

Contrasting futures...

Lucian Bute - though game throughout - will now find himself on the long road to boxing recovery if he decides to fight on. Just a few defeats in this sport can lave one in limbo.

In contrast, James DeGale, who has battled injury in recent years before claiming his title, will continue to see his options expand. Big arenas, big-fight cities, big-name opponents. Oh yes, it's good to be 'Chunky'.

Congratulations from a legendary boxing voice...

congrats to @jamesdegale1 on win and congrats to @InterBoxBute for a terrific performance.

'What a day'

Former world champion Pauli Malignaggi has been swept along by six hours of top-level action...

That fight was fantastic. No better way to say it in one tweet. What a day of boxing all around!! #DeGaleBute

DeGale wants Badou next...

Asked if WBC title holder Badou Jack is his next focus DeGale replies: "Vegas. April next year let's do it, let's unify titles. WBC and IBF world titles."

DeGale reaction...

James DeGale reacts to his first defence of the IBF title: "I said Lucian Bute is a world class fighter. I'm young, fresh and peaking now but all credit to him. Hes a champion and believe me he will be back. 

"I think my defence was alright, I still have to work on things. The next three or four years, that's when I'll be at my best."

Not as straight forward as it appears...

Wow, the finish by Lucian Bute certainly prompted a worry but DeGale wins by street on the judges' cards. 

He was slick in there, of that there is no doubt, but he arguably brought problems to his own door by easing off in parts and allowing his opponent to constantly take the centre of the ring.

Job done though, who is next in line?

James DeGale
BBC Sport

James DeGale retains his IBF title

The boos ring out. James DeGale will care little, he takes a unanimous decision and it's by some margin.

It's 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111.

James DeGale
Getty Images

ESPN boxing correspondent Dan Rafael...

They close like animals!!! All-out punchout. Rd 12 close to DeGale and he wins it 115-113 on my card. Excellent fight. #DeGaleBute #boxing

Questions for Chunky?

It's a performance which may draw some questions of James DeGale. He started well but couldn't put the hammer down and get his man out of there. 

No one believes...

Interestingly, neither fighter really celebrated. They know this is close.

James DeGale poked his tongue out but that was as colourful as it got. Eddie Hearn, DeGale's promoter, stands hands on his waist and wears a concerned look.

Round 12

Surely Lucian Bute needs a knockout?

He gets through with a left hand, it's a clean shot. James DeGale has to run away briefly. We have two minutes to go... they lock horns, close together, both try an uppercut which yields little.

One minute... DeGale tries a right hand which misses, then right-left-right, all miss. These are tired shots now and Bute lands, DeGale felt it, then a jab hits his jaw. The judges will be needed and that was a strong finish from Lucian Bute. 

Ding, ding, ding.

Round 12

James DeGale runs from his corner and swings a wild right hand. If that's what this final round will deliver us then strap yourselves in.

Round 11

A brief pause with a couple of minutes of the round remaining as James DeGale loses his gum shield. 

Just 70 seconds of the three minutes remain, the pair are close, they could kiss one another but instead it's a right hook by DeGale which is deflected away by a glove.

More chanting for Lucian Bute but a beautiful right gets through his guard. Again though when a fighter in this contest is under pressure they react angrily and admirably. A good end to the round by Bute but that one will not be one on his scorecard.

James DeGale
Getty Images

Round 11

There is still energy aplenty on show here. This is not like the energy-sapped ending we saw to Klitschko-Fury earlier.

Lucian Bute tries a big ranging left but it's slipped. Credit to James DeGale, his footwork and weaving is admirable defence.

A word from DeGale's corner...

"That's why your'e a world champion, that was world class."

Round 10

Lots of groans from Lucian Bute as he throws five quick shots to head and body, all get taken with some comfort by DeGale though. That flurry and its lack of damage may hurt Bute's confidence. There can be nothing worse than seeing your opponent just smile back at you.

DeGale goes on the attack with a combination of his own, fast, fast stuff. He ducks into a left hand though and as the ding, ding, ding arrives, DeGale's tongue is again out to mock Bute.

Get Involved

#bbcboxing

So how many of you have stayed up to watch this barnstormer of a fight? 

Tweet us your thoughts using #bbcboxing

Give @jamesdegale1 his dues he is fighting away against a good former champion, a proper defence #BBCBoxing

James DeGale
Getty Images

Round 10

We enter the championship rounds. These are the ones that matter. Again, the round starts with James DeGale circling the ring, allowing Lucian Bute the centre.

Round Nine

James DeGale has some very nice footwork to show off. Forward, backwards, sideways, he is comfortable in any corner of the ring. He is a Strictly Come Dancing contender in the making.

Work to do yet though as when briefly cornered, these home fans get excited. 

It's all getting absorbed though by DeGale who tried to go over the top of his rival's guard and another straight right is followed by a left hook to end the round nicely.

Peter Andre
PA

American boxing promoter Lou Di Bella...

Surprisingly strong showing by Bute so far. Sorta thought Chunky was going to run away with this. Not so thus far. #degalebute.

Round Nine

Just 12 minutes to go in this one - James DeGale's first world title defence, remember. He's winning on our card.

James DeGale
Getty Images

A word from DeGale's corner...

"Start digging deep now and putting it together."

Round Eight

A four-shot combination from James DeGale, they are all a little slappy but still show work ethic. You get the feeling this is on if he steps it up a little and these last four or five rounds are the time.

He backtracks and stops in his tracks to spring forward with a right. Good, organised boxing from DeGale. He screams that he is in control.

Round Eight

Lucian Bute's back has barely touched the ropes, he is the man taking the centre of the ring a lot but James DeGale is happy for it to happen. He seems to want tempt his man on and then unload, back, a big left hits Bute flush in the face.

Winning is a habit...

George Groves and James DeGale
BBC

Round Seven

The right uppercut is a key shot for James DeGale. When he is in close it's on time after time and with 90 seconds of the seventh left, he lands it. Boom.

A show of anger from Lucian Bute as he pushes his man back to the ropes but he cannot build on it and two right hands in combination get DeGale out of trouble, his power blasted through his opponent there.

There's no doubting who looks the more relaxed - DeGale is willing to get backed up and dance his way free. All it takes is one shot to catch him though...

Round Seven

How concerned will James DeGale be about that cut? It must be on his mind.

He's on the back foot a little which is risky when you're fighting away from home. Forward comes Lucian Bute, his confidence has grown and grown.

Round Six

A cracking left hook from James DeGale. Wow, that hit like a hammer. Just as Lucian Bute committed to a right hand he left and opening and wallop, it was taken up by DeGale.

Much better. He gets into the pocket, nice and close, uppercut, uppercut, two of them were rapid an had a heap of power behind them. Some showmanship at the end of the round. That one is DeGale's, no question. No more damage to the cut either, a good three minutes.

James DeGale
Getty Images

ESPN boxing correspondent Dan Rafael...

#DeGaleBute been a good fight so far. DeGale is winning but cut over left eye as they to rd 6. #boxing

Round Six

James DeGale has a worrying cut above his left eye which needs some work. It appears it was caused by an accidental headbutt. This is a big round, he has to stop Lucian Bute's recent success...

DeGale and Bute
AP

A word from the Lucian Bute corner...

"This guy is running away."

Round Five

We have a change in momentum suddenly. James DeGale finds himself on the ropes and some quickfire combinations from Lucian Bute will sap the champion a little.

"BUTE, BUTE, BUTE," we hear the crowd chant. Left, right, left, all onto the guard of DeGale. The confidence is growing for Bute and even having his head jerked back by a straight right doesn't thwart him, he finishes the closing seconds by backing DeGale up again.

Lucian Bute
AP

Round Five

So we'd probably say three one in the scoring to James DeGale. Aright hand jab slaps the guard of Lucian Bute early in the fifth.

Round Four

Lots of instruction coming from the Lucian Bute corner. James DeGale shows his energy though, dancing around his man and offloading with little impact.

Again Bute basically asks if Chunky has any more and suddenly he has his man a little worried, backing him to the ropes and landing shots which draw a roar from the crowd. That will prickle the judges' interest and this is a clear round for the challenger.

As the bell rings DeGale pokes his tongue out cheekily. That's a show of defiance, he lost that round clearly.

Round Four

James DeGale can be encouraged with his start, he's on top. Sometimes the IBF world champion is described as a lazy fighter though, he just does enough. So will the foot come off the gas? A minute into round four and it's a closed shop, less action...

James DeGale
AP