DeGale vows to make history
- Updated: February 4, 2015
James DeGale is set to fight for the IBF Super Middleweight title after Carl Froch decided to vacate and the Olympic gold medallist is confident that he will be taking the belt home when it happens. DeGale is the mandatory challenger for the belt putting him next in line, but with Froch suffering a recent injury and being more focused on a big Las Vegas show; a match between the two isn’t in the making. Instead Froch has moved aside leaving the door open with DeGale vs Andre Dirrell being the most likely bout.
DeGale has been improving with every fight recently and he feels no man can stand in his way of being world champion “All I want to do is win the World title, it doesn’t matter to me who I have to beat to do it,” said DeGale. “When I first turned pro that was the aim, I now have that chance and I am going to take it with both hands. It’s been a long time but I can make history and I am looking forward to it. Dirrell is a very good fighter, a tricky southpaw and it would be an awkward fight, but anyone you face for a World title is going to be tough. That’s why I will be putting in 12 weeks of hard work to make the night easy. He does the rounds well and he’s technically good, but I could see myself stopping him later in the fight, I am capable of getting in and stopping anyone.”
Hearn revealed that The O2 in London on April 25 was the targeted date and venue for a clash with Dirrell, but said negotiations with the Michigan fighter and his team are still at an early stage. “It’s very early,” said Hearn. “This has all happened in the last 24 hours, we will continue negotiations with his team to try to get that fight made. With a sold-out arena in The O2 and Sky Sports behind us, I think it would be difficult for them to get James to America. If that has to happen, not a problem, we’ll go over there, but we’re pushing for that fight to take place on April 25 in London and if Dirrell doesn’t want the fight then it goes down the list to the next available contender which is Gilberto Ramirez. There’s lots of work to do in the next few days but I am confident that James will fight for the World title at The O2 on April 25.”