DeGale confident that he will be able to beat his domestic rival…
Carl Froch is reportedly close to reaching an agreement to defend his WBA and IBF super middleweight titles against James DeGale in a fight later this year.
The 37-year-old has made no secret of his desire to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas in his next bout, but with negotiations not progressing as he would like, it appears as though he will be forced to consider his other options, the Mirror reports.
While a date and venue have yet to be decided, it is understood from previous comments from promoter Eddie Hearn that if the two fighters can reach an agreement then it could take place as early as October at the O2 Arena.
However, there are several other venues in contention, including Wembley, although it remains to be seen whether or not the duo would have the same draw as Froch did with former rival George Groves for which they sold out the national stadium in May.
It is also believed that the grudge match between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly could also be added to the same bill, which would undoubtedly have British boxing fans racing for tickets in what would be another memorable night of action.
DeGale has insisted for some time that he believes he has both the ability and style to cause Froch all sorts of problems, and he is confident that he can make history by becoming the UK’s first Olympic gold medallist to go on and win a world title.
Meanwhile, there is also the potential that he could lock horns with old foe Groves again somewhere down the line, with the latter set to face Christopher Rebrasse with a chance to take on Sakio Bika for the WBC super middleweight title.
Should both DeGale and Groves come through, it could set up an intriguing unification match, although Froch will undoubtedly still be in the picture and could include a rematch clause in his fight with DeGale.