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DeGale: I'll give Froch the domestic fight he craves

ESPN staff
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James DeGale believes he is the man to give fellow super-middleweight Carl Froch a blockbuster all-British world title fight before 'The Cobra' retires.

DeGale, 26, continued his professional career on Saturday with a points victory over Fulgencio Zuniga - a victory that extended his record to 14 wins from 15 professional fights.

The former Olympic champion hopes to fight for a world title in 2013, and is already eyeing a meeting with IBF champion Froch soon after that.

"I'd love to fight Carl and for British boxing that would be a massive fight," he said. "If I can continue to progress and keep on winning, then it would make sense for us to fight.

"If everything goes right, I hope to fight for the WBC title next year, either as the mandatory against Andre Ward or for the vacant title if he decides to give it up."

Froch is entering the final phase of his career, with rematches against Ward and Mikkel Kessler top of his agenda. But, having been thwarted in his many attempts to lure Joe Calzaghe into a blockbuster domestic fight before the Welshman retired, DeGale believes Froch would be interested in the prospect of a meeting between two British fighters.

"I think Carl would like a big domestic world title fight before he retires," DeGale added. "He didn't get it against Joe Calzaghe, despite years of trying, and hopefully he could get one against me.

"He's the sort of fighter who will fight anyone, he likes big fights, and if I can win a world title, that would make it a big fight."

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