Carl Froch has criticised Andre Dirrell for his mindset when they fought back in 2009, and has insisted that he hopes James DeGale ‘does a job on him’.
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Froch claimed a split decision victory over the American to retain his WBC super-middleweight title six years ago, although there was controversy around the result from Dirrell’s side.
The beaten fighter insisted that he had won the fight and Froch had received the benefit of the doubt due to the fact he was fighting in Nottingham. Two judges scored the bout 115-112 in the Brit’s favour, while the third had it 114-113 to Dirrell.
While the ‘Cobra’ has since gone on to feature in numerous title fights and is now considering retirement, Dirrell has built his way back up the rankings in recent months to secure himself a shot at the vacant IBF title in Boston on Saturday.
Standing in his way is DeGale, who long sought after a meeting with Froch before his domestic rival vacated the belt and insisted that he wasn’t motivated by the possible clash.
As a result, DeGale is now preparing for the biggest night of his career against Dirrell and believes that he is destined to win the belt and become the first British Olympic gold medallist to become a world champion in the professional ranks.
Surprisingly, it appears as though he has a supporter in his corner hoping that he puts his opponent away and realises his dream.
“He [Dirrell] is athletic, he is tall and slim and has no trouble making the weight and as it’s in America, he could well be the favourite,” Froch wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“But he just comes across to me as a coward. He’s just not a very manly man, the way he ran and held against me and the way he seemed to throw himself on the floor against Arthur Abraham. I genuinely hope DeGale does a job on him.”
Many expect Saturday night’s contest to go the distance, but DeGale has shown in his last three fights that he is more than capable of landing big shots and a sensational knockout win would endear him further to the American audience.