DeGale: Froch can be beaten; people making a big deal about him now
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) isn’t impressed with IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) like a lot of Brits have suddenly become after his knockout win over former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last year. DeGale thinks fans are making too big of a deal over that win and giving Froch too much credit for what he actually accomplished.
DeGale said to thesun.co.uk “A lot of fans have made Carl out to be some kind of monster since his win over Lucian Bute. The stoppage was fantastic, and it was a great result, but people seem to believe he can’t be beaten when he can.”
I totally agree with you, Mr. DeGale. Froch can be beaten, and he arguably should have lost the Bute fight if referee Earl Brown had turned around and spotted that Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn was in the ring celebrating with Froch while Bute was being given the standing eight count in the 5th. Froch should have lost that fight by a disqualification, and I think Bute should have appealed to the International Boxing Federation to have the loss overturned. But it’s definitely true, Mr. DeGale, that Froch’s fans are making a huge deal out of Froch’s win over Bute.
It’s nothing to get excited about because Bute was hurt early in the fight, and he seemed to have lost his senses completely after that and chose the wrong fighting strategy. Had he boxed and moved like he always does, he would have had a great chance of beating Froch just like Andre Ward did.
Froch is still floating in the clouds from his wins over Bute and Yusaf Mack, but he’s going to come crashing down in two months when he faces WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler on May 25th. Froch will likely lose that fight, and then things will get back to normal.
DeGale faces the powerful Alexander Brand (19-1, 15 KO’s) next month on March 23rd at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, United Kingdom. This is a very, very dangerous fight for DeGale because Brand has one of the best right hands in the division, and DeGale’s defensive skills and stamina are both questionable.