Boxing: James DeGale says vows to be the first British Olympic gold medalist to win world title

Last Updated: 03/06/14 7:36am

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James DeGale has told Sky Sports he will speak to Eddie Hearn later this week to arrange his IBF world title fight

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James DeGale says he is determined to be the first British Olympic gold medalist to win a world boxing title with Carl Froch's IBF super-middleweight title in his sights.

DeGale, 28, defeated American Brandon Gonzales in a fourth-round stoppage at Wembley Stadium on the Froch-George Groves II undercard on Saturday night.

DeGale had lost to Groves in a controversial points decision in 2011 but could face his fellow Londoner again if Froch chooses not defend his IBF belt inside the next 120 days.

The Nottingham boxer has spoken about his ambition to fight next in Las Vegas but DeGale wants his shot at the IBF champion or in a world title decider if Froch vacates.

When asked would he take a fight with Froch, DeGale told Sky Sports News: "One hundred per cent. The question is does Carl Froch want to fight me? I'm not too sure, but I'm in a fantastic position now. I'm in the mandatory spot so he has to fight me within 120 days.

"I think he wants to go to Vegas to fight Chavez or another American. That's his dream so if he decides to do that, (and) he vacates the belt, then I'm next in line and I get to fight for the vacant title."

Horrible fight

Eddie Hearn promotes both Froch and DeGale and the latter would not be put off another big domestic payday against the 'Cobra'.

He added: "I'm a horrible fighter to face. Listen, I'm all wrong for Carl Froch and I've said that for years. It'd be a horrible fight for him and I think I'd beat him convincingly."

On the possibility of a second clash with Groves, after losing a tight decision three years ago, DeGale said: "It's a possibility but he's had his chance and he blew it.

"Now it's my time, my turn and, listen, with the backing of Eddie Hearn, he's promised me my next fight I'll fight for a world title.

"I've got myself in a position where the IBF champion has to fight me so if he doesn't want to fight me, he vacates the belt, I box next in line, simple as.

"Listen, if the money's right and the boxing fans want to see me fight him, again, for a world title I'll do it, it's not a problem. All I want to do is to have my chance to become world champion and making history by becoming the first Olympic gold medalist to win a world title from Great Britain. I'm here and I'm ready.

"I've got a meeting with Eddie on Wednesday to talk about the future and my next move so by the end of the week I'll know a lot more. I'm willing to fight anyone.

"I just boxed in a final eliminator for the IBF world title so I want the IBF now, I've taken this route, I've delivered, now it's about making the IBF world title (fight) whoever's the champion, Carl Froch or, if he vacates it, whoever it is."

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