“Carl Froch doesn’t want to fight me,” Olympic gold medalist and IBF no. 1contender James DeGale told Sky Sports.
“He is making every excuse not to fight me and, if I was him, I wouldn’t fight me either because 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.”
Froch, meanwhile, is still holding firm on his desire to have his next fight in Las Vegas against a higher profile fighter than countryman DeGale.
“If I can’t fight in Vegas, I need a serious think about whether I want to finish by fighting DeGale, and beating him,” Froch recently said. “I don’t know if I can get motivated to fight him. He’s not good enough. If Vegas can’t happen I’ll seriously consider retiring.”
DeGale, however, seems persistent in pursuing this possible breakthrough fight.
“The IBF ruling is 75%-25% (champion-challenger),” DeGale told Sky Sports, “and I’ve even said I’ll take less money; 15%, whatever percent, let’s just get the fight on.”
DeGale is set to announce his next bout, which will take place on the November 22 Cleverly-Bellew II card in Liverpool, this upcoming Wednesday, but it’s safe to say that it will be little more than a “stay busy” bout. The real prize is a Carl Froch bout and, soon enough, he’ll know one way or another whether a shot against “Cobra” is a realistic dream.