James DeGale has made an plea for assistance after disclosing that his Olympic gold medal and MBE were taken from his parents’ home during the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening.
DeGale, who had previously defeated Mohamed Hikal, Shawn Estrada, Bakhtiyar Artayev, and Darren Sutherland to win Britain’s first Olympic boxing gold 13 years earlier, defeated Emilio Correa in the middleweight final.
The Londoner was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours, but he shared photos and a video on Instagram depicting a man clad in black approaching the door of his parents’ home before concealing the CCTV camera.
The incident occurred while England was playing Italy in the European Championship final, which the Three Lions lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
“My parents house was burgled last night as our lads were trying to bring it home!” DeGale, 35, posted on Facebook. “He took two of my prize things MY OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AND MY MBE!”
These are meaningless to everyone but me, and they are two successes from my fighting career that I cherish.
“I’m heartbroken, and I need my medals back.”
Is anyone willing to assist by reporting any information they may have?
Please share widely.” James DeGale is a two-time world super-middleweight champion (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Archive). DeGale turned professional six months after winning the Olympic gold in China and became the first British Olympic champion to win a world title in April 2015, when he won the vacant IBF super-middleweight title.
On February 28, 2019, he announced his retirement, precisely ten years after making his professional debut, and only days after losing a points decision against British colleague Chris Eubank Jr.
He finished his career with a record of 25 wins, three losses, and one tie.
Lando Norris, a Formula One driver, had his watch stolen after attending the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.