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IBF super-middleweight mandatory challenger James DeGale believes domestic rival Carl Froch is too scared to fight him as talks rumble on.
With promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealing that the IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion is still “undecided” over his next move, DeGale believes that he is trying to get out of fighting him.
Froch has made no secret of his desire for big fights to end his career, with a bout with Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas the top of his list while a third fight with Mikkel Kessler also appears to be an option.
However, after DeGale’s win over Brandon Gonzales on May 31 at Wembley, Froch must face him before February next year or he will have to vacate his IBF belt.
That looks to be a possibility as DeGale believes that his domestic rival is clearly against fighting him, not only for the fact that it perhaps isn’t as big a fight as he could get elsewhere, but also because he knows that he would lose.
“Carl Froch doesn’t want to fight me,” DeGale told Ringside.
“He is making every excuse not to fight me and, if I was him, I wouldn’t fight me either.
“When he loses to me – and loses well – his credibility, his ego and his legacy would all be damaged.
“If I was him I would retire and give up and just swerve it because he’s going to lose.
“The IBF ruling is 75%-25% (champion-challenger) and I’ve even said I’ll take less money; 15%, whatever percent, let’s just get the fight on.”
DeGale will feature on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew 2 in Liverpool on November 22, and although his opponent has not yet been revealed, he insists that it is a tough fight against a former world-title challenger.
The Londoner believes that he needs to stay active and test himself in order to keep him high up in the division rankings, but the 28-year-old may well be disappointed in his chase of Froch and will have to continue his path towards a world title without him.