On May 31st at the iconic Wembley Stadium, James DeGale crushed Brandon Gonzales’ hopes in just four rounds to become the mandatory challenger for Carl Froch’s IBF belt. On the same night the Nottingham man ended his feud with fellow Briton, George Groves, with a highlight reel, one punch knockout in front of 80,000 fans.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist has always been keen for a domestic showdown with the 37-year-old Froch.
“Everybody knows I want the Cobra. I want the man himself. Trust me, that is the fight I want.” DeGale said in an interview with IFL-TV.
“Carl has got other options, but he has to box me before (I think) February 25th. If he boxes in October against Chavez, will he fight me in February? No, there isn’t enough time so he has got to weigh things up and decide what he is going to do.”
Despite the champions desire to square off with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the promoter of both men, Eddie Hearn, believes another British blockbuster could certainly be made.
“I think that a fight between Carl and James could be made either this winter, in November or December, or possibly in the spring,” The Matchroom boss wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“I think DeGale would be a huge fight. It is a domestic fight between a legend of the sport and an Olympic champion who is looking to make history and become the first British Gold Medallist to win a world title.”
Talks between Matchroom and Top Rank (Chavez’s promotional team) have begun for a potential battle with the Mexican son of a legend, but nothing is set in stone.
“I have had exploratory talks with Bob Arum (Top Rank boss), who would like the fight to happen in October. So we will see how that plays out.”
Froch has travelled the world for big fights against world class opposition in cities such as Hollywood, Mashantucket and Atlantic City in America; Herning in Denmark and Helsinki in Finland.
Some of the men in the opposite corner have been Jean Pascal, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward, Lucien Bute and George Groves.
After such a long and stressful career, Froch is finally in a position where he can pick and choose what he does and when he does it. But the warrior inside him simply won’t allow him to shy away from the challenge of a young buck.
“James DeGale is the mandatory (challenger) for the IBF title, but I’ve just had two mandatory defences.” Froch told the Daily Mail.
“But everybody knows that I don’t shy away from any fight. We have to sit down with Eddie Hearn, but there’s no reason why this fight can’t happen.”