James DeGale has made it very clear his sights are set firmly on Carl Froch after blowing away Brandon Gonzales with a career-best performance inside four rounds at Wembley Stadium, but conceded he fears another all-British showdown for the IBF super-middleweight title may never materialise.
DeGale is now number one contender for Froch's IBF crown and will wait anxiously on the 36-year-old's next move after watching his right hand from hell catch George Groves from close quarters last night, even finding time to give the champion an acknowledgement of respect moments after that stunning finish.
Froch has the mainstream headlines his performance richly deserve following an amazing night watched by 80,000 spectators at the national stadium, although his chilling destruction has not stopped DeGale declaring with supreme confidence that he is good enough to make sure he doesn't suffer the same as Groves if the two meet.
He told GiveMeSport at the post-fight press conference: “I’ve always said I’m all wrong for Carl Froch. Styles make fights and I’m all wrong. But it’s his time tonight and so I’m going to let him enjoy it. I’ve got huge respect, huge respect for him,” DeGale said.
“That’s the fight I want. “I’ve done my part of the deal and [promoter] Eddie Hearn needs to do his part of the deal and get me the world title fight.
"It's my homecoming because I'm two miles down the road. I think I'm back, it helps being back on Sky Sports. I wouldn't get in that position to get hit by one of them big swinging right hand."
Following two consecutive mandatory defences though Froch is entitled to chase a lucrative voluntary defence in Las Vegas, or even decide there is no way to top an £8m Wembley payday and call time on a true warrior's career while at the peak of his powers.
All those concerns are running through DeGale's mind despite the Harlesden native being in a very strong position to make his world title dream come true before the end of 2014.
"I'm a little bit worried with the way Froch was talking yeh, we'll just have to wait and see and I think he'll do his bit.
"I'm ranked number two with the WBC too don't forget. And as for George, I don't need George now, I'm moving on. It's my time now.
"I think we'll meet again though if I'm honest, obviously with the rivalry, it goes back years from when we were kids. Let's be real he's a good fighter and he probably will win a world title."
Under the Matchroom banner DeGale has options and a clear path towards big fights, bright lights and the mainstream attention his career has been sorely lacking over the last two years, but a shot at boxing's biggest prize may not come against Froch.