British warrior Carl Froch will be expected to begin talks with his mandatory challenger just as the excess sprouts are being discarded from the family Christmas dinner, the IBF have informed WBN.
Froch, 37, will be required to give mandatory contender James DeGale his opportunity to fight for the title by the spring or relinquish his championship and allow his compatriot to face the next challenger in line.
“Right now, Froch is in an optional period. On December 31, 2014 we notify Froch to start negotiations with the leading available contender (DeGale), ” the International Boxing Federation’s Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News.
As far as Froch goes, ‘The Cobra’ has made it abundantly clear that DeGale is not in his thinking and that a dream Las Vegas super-fight or a much-earned retirement are the only two options left open to him following his double triumph over George Groves.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is the number one target and promoter Eddie Hearn is currently attempting to set-up what be a tick off Froch’s bucket list and could mean DeGale shares the spotlight with the man he dearly wants to challenge.
Ironically, DeGale would be most likely to be pitted against IBF number three Gilbert Sanchez Ramirez should Froch give up the red belt, which is handy as the Mexican is also promoted by Top Rank.
That leaves the door open for a massive Froch v Chavez Jr WBA title headliner on January 31, with DeGale and Ramirez then free to battle it out for the now vacant IBF super-middleweight title in chief support.
A massive double-header is entirely possible in theory, but whether it comes to fruition is still in doubt.
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