James DeGale becomes IBF mandatory challenger


Updated: Jun 3, 2014

James DeGale (19-1, 13 KO’s) believes it’s his destiny to win a world title after his victory over Brandon Gonzales on Saturday night, the Londoner has now become the mandatory challenger for the IBF super middleweight title with his win over the American, but he doesn’t know whether his opponent will be Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s).

DeGale will have to wait at least a year to find out if he will be facing the Cobra for the IBF title as Froch may well take up a voluntary defense in Las Vegas with Julio Chavez Jnr looking the more likely opponent should he go to America.

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James Degale is convinced he has the tools to dethrone the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion should he face Carl Froch.

James DeGale said; “There’s talks of him (Froch) going to Vegas and boxing Chavez or one of the other big American names, but we just have to see.

“Either way he has to fight me or his has to vacate, so it’s totally up to him.

“I’m not bothered, obviously I would love that fight with Carl Froch, if it can be made.

“I think it’s a massive fight for Britain and for boxing and I think it will be a hell of a fight.

“I keep on saying it’s my destiny, I know you hear the saying destiny.

”But it is my destiny to become world champion and whoever they put in front of me, he is gonna get dealt with so I’m just looking forward to future and my next fight.”

James DeGale could yet be manoeuvred into an IBF world title fight against either his old foe George Groves or Mikkel Kessler should Froch decide to vacate the title.

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The 28-year-old has been hugely encouraged by his promoter, Eddie Hearn, who has promised him a world title next – with the possibility of a mega-fight against Froch next year should the Cobra remain IBF champion.


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