James DeGale, a former world champion boxer, says his gold medal from the Olympics and MBE were stolen from his parent’s home on Sunday night.
The 35-year-old says the crime took place during England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final and has requested assistance in retrieving the items. The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw DeGale win the IBF middleweight gold – and he went on to hold the super-middleweight title twice.
In February 2019, he retired after losing a point-by-point match to Chris Eubank Jr. at the O2 Arena.
The alleged burglar is shown in a video he published on Instagram apparently walking up to his parent’s house and then covering up their CCTV camera.
DeGale wrote on Instagram: “My parent’s house got burgled last night whilst our boys were trying to bring it home!
“He took two of my prize possessions MY OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AND MY MBE.
“They are worthless to anyone other than me and they are two achievements that I prize from my boxing career.
“I am gutted and need my medals back.
“Can anyone help by reporting any information you have? Please share far and wide.”
In 2011, he lost to fellow Londoner George Groves after winning 25 fights, three losses, and one draw. Between 2010 and 2012, he held the European and British super-middleweight titles. During the 2008 Olympic Games, he defeated Cuban Emilio Correa in four rounds to win the middleweight gold medal.