Froch more interested in DeGale bout than Groves
By Scott Gilfoid: After IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch finishes running the gauntlet in bouts against Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler, Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward, he says he wouldn’t mind facing EBU super middleweight champion James DeGale in a domestic level clash.
Froch said he’s more interested in taking on DeGale than Groves because DeGale is better known and is more of a public person because his ability to speak his mind.
Froch said “If that fight doesn’t happen [against Lucian Bute], I’ll be looking DeGale and Groves, probably DeGale. DeGale has a bit more of a name and interest in the public about him [than Groves]. He’s an ex-Olympic gold medalist. If he sits on the ropes taking punches against me, and he’s done that too many times in his last couple of fights…I think that’s the big fight on the domestic scene.”
I do agree that DeGale is a bigger fight for Froch than Groves. DeGale has a loss to Groves, but I thought DeGale won that fight, and so do a lot of other boxing fans. I see DeGale as much more skilled than Groves, and it makes sense for Froch to be fighting the better fighter on the domestic scene rather than the second best.
If Froch is smart he’ll try to get the DeGale fight sooner rather than later, because of Froch faces Bute, Ward, Kessler and Stevenson next year, there’s a good chance that Froch losses to all of them. At that point I don’t even know if DeGale would want to waste his time fighting Froch.
Heck, Froch would be right about where Glen Johnson was last Saturday night when he was selected to fight Groves. Johnson had lost four out of his last five bouts, and yet he still selected to fight Groves. Froch might find himself in that position if he faces all of those guys in rematches, and then he really would be at the domestic level.