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DeGale could turn to Kessler bout

January 07, 2015 13:05:24 UK

James DeGale could turn to Mikkel Kessler this year if Carl Froch opts to avoid him by vacating the IBF world super-middleweight title.

James DeGale could face Mikkel Kessler or Ricky Fielding this year.

The 28-year-old British boxer is looking to secure a world title shot having become the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, which is currently held by 37-year-old Froch.

However with the Nottingham fighter, who retained the IBF crown and  his WBA belt when he defeated George Groves courtesy of an eighth-round knockout in front of 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium last May, is desperate to fight in Las Vegas against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

There has been no progress made on that fight, while there has been speculation that Froch could even retire if the Chavez fight fails to materialise.

If he fails to agree to fight DeGale by the end of the month that will pave the way clear for the IBF to order a purse bid and the Londoner has several options.

James wants that fight with Froch more than any other; it’s a really big fight that will capture the British public’s imagination.

Jim McDonnell

Danish fighter Kessler, who has beaten and lost on points to Froch, is one potential opponent as is Liverpool boxer Ricky Fielding who is unbeaten in 19 fights but has never fought for a world title.

But DeGale’s trainer Jim McDonnell claims his preference would be to go head-to-head with Froch.

He told ESPN’s Inside Boxing: “I’ve heard Rocky Fielding’s name mentioned because he’s ranked No.9 with the IBF, and the other one I’ve heard is Andre Dirrell.

“I’ve also heard Mikkel Kessler’s name mentioned, but he’s not even ranked with the IBF. It doesn’t matter who is in the other corner at the moment, James will just get on with his training until it is sorted out.

“James wants that fight with Froch more than any other; it’s a really big fight that will capture the British public’s imagination, but only Carl Froch knows what decision he will make. We are all guessing at what might happen at the moment. But the clock is ticking.”

Meanwhile Carl Frampton will face American Chris Avalos in Belfast on 28th February as he makes the first defence of his IBF world super-bantamweight title. The Northern Irishman is 1.12 to win and Avalos is 6.00.

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DeGale could turn to Kessler bout

January 07, 2015 13:05:24 UK

James DeGale could turn to Mikkel Kessler this year if Carl Froch opts to avoid him by vacating the IBF world super-middleweight title.

James DeGale could face Mikkel Kessler or Ricky Fielding this year.

The 28-year-old British boxer is looking to secure a world title shot having become the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, which is currently held by 37-year-old Froch.

However with the Nottingham fighter, who retained the IBF crown and  his WBA belt when he defeated George Groves courtesy of an eighth-round knockout in front of 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium last May, is desperate to fight in Las Vegas against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

There has been no progress made on that fight, while there has been speculation that Froch could even retire if the Chavez fight fails to materialise.

If he fails to agree to fight DeGale by the end of the month that will pave the way clear for the IBF to order a purse bid and the Londoner has several options.

James wants that fight with Froch more than any other; it’s a really big fight that will capture the British public’s imagination.

Jim McDonnell

Danish fighter Kessler, who has beaten and lost on points to Froch, is one potential opponent as is Liverpool boxer Ricky Fielding who is unbeaten in 19 fights but has never fought for a world title.

But DeGale’s trainer Jim McDonnell claims his preference would be to go head-to-head with Froch.

He told ESPN’s Inside Boxing: “I’ve heard Rocky Fielding’s name mentioned because he’s ranked No.9 with the IBF, and the other one I’ve heard is Andre Dirrell.

“I’ve also heard Mikkel Kessler’s name mentioned, but he’s not even ranked with the IBF. It doesn’t matter who is in the other corner at the moment, James will just get on with his training until it is sorted out.

“James wants that fight with Froch more than any other; it’s a really big fight that will capture the British public’s imagination, but only Carl Froch knows what decision he will make. We are all guessing at what might happen at the moment. But the clock is ticking.”

Meanwhile Carl Frampton will face American Chris Avalos in Belfast on 28th February as he makes the first defence of his IBF world super-bantamweight title. The Northern Irishman is 1.12 to win and Avalos is 6.00.

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