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DeGale takes on Dirrell in Boston on Saturday night with the winner taking home the belt vacated by Froch earlier this year, and ‘Chunky’ is adamant that he is going to create history.
If the 29-year-old wins, he will become the first British Olympic gold medallist to go on and win a world title in the professional ranks, and he recently ruled out the possibility of facing his domestic rival later in the year.
In fact, DeGale went as far as to say that he would ‘absolutely batter’ Froch if they met in the ring, as he believes the 37-year-old should retire now.
That is an opinion shared by promoter Eddie Hearn who has revealed that there are no fights out there that motivate Froch enough to push him in training camp, and if he isn’t fully focused then it could be dangerous for him to get back in the ring.
Froch has now admitted that he shares that opinion, and not even a Las Vegas fight appeals to him after working for Sky Sports for the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2.
“I’ll be flipping a coin to see if I am going to fight again but to be totally honest, the DeGale fight doesn’t do anything for me,” he told Sky Sports.
“I can’t get motivated to fight him. It’s not an exciting fight for me. That’s in no way disrespectful to DeGale because if he beats Dirrell – which is a tough task – he’s done well.
“I hope he does beat him and brings the title back to Britain. That’s good for British boxing, keeping the titles over here.
“I’ve just vacated the IBF so it would be nice to see it come back to England, but is it a fight that I fancy? Not really.”
Froch has previously beaten Dirrell on points in Nottingham back in 2009, and he has insisted that DeGale has a very good chance of becoming world champion on Saturday night.
Despite all the questions regarding a possible showdown with his fellow Brit though, DeGale is fully focused on the prize in front of him and has reiterated his desire to face the best in the division after he becomes a world champion with the likes of Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham on his hitlist.