Carl Froch has decided against a fight with James DeGale and has instead allowed his British rival the opportunity to contest the vacant IBF super-middleweight title on April 25th at the O2 Arena in London.
The 37 year-old was expected to defend his title against mandatory challenger DeGale by the IBF this spring, although Froch was known to be exploring other options, including a proposed Las Vegas headlining clash with Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
After suffering an injury in training, a possible fight with Chavez on March 28 fell by the wayside leaving Froch pondering his future, and whether the Nottingham man will return to action at all in the summer will depend on his level of opposition.
Tuesday’s decision will be good news for DeGale though as ‘Chunky’ can now move on with his first world title challenge against the next available boxer in the International Boxing Federation rankings. Andre Dirrell currently holds that spot, but whether the American will fancy another trip to England is debatable after ‘The Matrix’ lost his unbeaten record and the chance to win the WBC title ironically to Froch in Nottingham back in 2009.
DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn is currently exploring options for the Olympic gold medallist, which includes negotiating with Dirrell’s team, and will make an official announcement in due course.