Boxing - DeGale: Froch destroy me? More like the opposite

James DeGale hopes a good run of victories will put him in contention for an all-British super-middleweight clash with double world champion Carl Froch.

Boxing - DeGale to box on Froch v Groves undercard, will fight winner

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James DeGale (Hennessy press release)

Froch unified his IBF title with Mikkel Kessler’s WBA strap in a successful revenge mission on May 25 and has been linked with a potential bout down the line with unbeaten George Groves, who decisioned DeGale two years ago.

Groves-DeGale, which like Froch-Kessler II took place at the O2 Arena in London, was the last big British bout at 168lb but as much as ‘Chunky’ would love revenge over the ‘Saint’, he has more interest in catching the eye of ‘The Cobra’.

“George Groves isn’t on my radar at the moment, but Carl Froch definitely is,” said DeGale.

“I can’t see that fight happening and not on my part, on (Groves’) part. I can’t see him wanting to fight me again, but Carl Froch (I would), 100 per cent.

“Carl’s a good fighter, a very good fighter, but my style is all wrong for him.

“Look at the fighters that have given him trouble, Ward, Dirrell, (Jermain) Taylor, move, speed, and I think I’ll be all wrong for him.

“I’m here if Froch wants the fight. If the boxing fans want the fight, I’m here. I would have it next week, but I’m not too sure what he wants to do.

“I’ve heard he said if he fought me, he would destroy my career. I think it’s the other way around. If I fought him and beat him, how could he lose to me?”

Next up for DeGale is Croatia’s Stepjan Bozic at Bluewater’s GLOW venue on Saturday in the latest defence of his WBC Silver title.

“He’s from Croatia, he’s got a good record,” said DeGale of his opponent.

“He’s not a top 10 fighter in the world, but he’s a good decent solid fighter.

“He’s boxed for a world title and in fact he boxed Carl Froch as an amateur and beat him in the Europeans. He beat him, so he must be decent.

“He’s mixed in good company, so I’m expecting a solid test, but I’m looking to go in there, put a good performance on and showing the people what I’m about.”

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