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DeGale: Froch missed out on beating Calzaghe, now I want my chance

Phil Jay 19/02/2013

Former European super-middleweight champion James DeGale has once again made his wishes vocal as the Olympic gold medallist looks to be given a chance to face Britain’s best 168lber in Carl Froch.

The Londoner, who is set to tackle Argentine Pablo ‘Pokemon’ Farias next month, is hopeful that once Froch takes cars of his business at the very top end of the division, that the Nottingham man is open to a huge domestic clash next year.

“I know Froch was bitterly annoyed when Calzaghe quit boxing instead of fighting him, so he knows exactly what it is like to be swerved,” DeGale told The Sun.

“Froch has his upcoming fight with Mikkel Kessler in May and has then targeted two rematches – one with Lucian Bute and another with Andre Ward, who beat him.

“I’ve read that after those three fights he will consider ending his career. All I am asking is for him to fight me before hanging up his gloves.

“Looking at Froch, he is not the kind of man to swerve anyone or anything.

“Froch was always calling out Calzaghe but never got that fight – and I think he would have beaten him at that stage.

“It would be great if Froch stayed around long enough for us to meet,” he added.

DeGale, 27, makes the first defence of the WBC silver title he picked up in his last victory over Fulgencio Zuniga, with Farias making his first trip to the UK for the bout at Glow, Bluewater in Kent.

A win for DeGale puts him one step closer to a possible eliminator for the WBC title currently held by Ward after Sakio Bika defeated Nikola Sjekloca at the weekend to put himself next in line.