James DeGale and Andre Dirrell will fight for the vacant IBF Super-middleweight on Saturday the 23rd May in Boston.
The meeting between these two is significant on a number of levels. Both fighters are switch hitters, both are former Olympic medallists and both men have yet to win a world title.
Carl Froch has decided to vacate one of his super-middleweight world titles; he has relinquished the IBF version of the belt which will now see James DeGale fight for the vacant title on April 25th at the O2 Arena in London.
Froch won the belt in May 2012 when he beat
Carl Froch has been ordered by the IBF to start negotiations with James DeGale or risk losing the belt. If Carl’s team fail to come to an agreement by the end of January his mandatory challenger James DeGale will be free to face American Andre Dirrell for the title.
Carl Froch has indicated that if his promoter Eddie Hearn is unable to secure a fight against Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, he could walk away from Boxing and retire.
Since his knockout win against George Groves in May, the 37-year-old has thought about retiring since that stunning stoppage.
Froch insists that
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
James Degale is picking George Groves to come out on top against Carl Froch, the pair meet again in a rematch on May 31st. DeGale feels former nemesis Groves was fortunate to get the title shot in the first place, but he can see the Groves coming away victorious.