James DeGale has appealed for help after claiming the Olympic gold medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Games and his MBE were stolen from his parents’ house during the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening.
The British former professional boxer won Britain’s only boxing gold of the Games 13 years ago. He was appointed MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours.
On Monday, he posted images and a video on Instagram of someone dressed in black approaching the door of his parents’ house before covering a CCTV camera.
The former two-time super-middleweight champion revealed the incident happened as England were playing Italy in the final of the European Championship, which the Three Lions lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
DeGale, 35, wrote: “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.”
DeGale won middleweight gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and then went on to win the IBF super-middleweight title twice – making him the first-ever British olympian boxer to turn professional and win a world title.
He was awarded the MBE by the Queen for his Olympic win, as he was the sole member of the 2008 boxing team to return with a gold medal.
He retired in February 2019 after losing on points to Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena.