Boxing: Carl Froch wants Julio Cesar Chavez Jr ahead of James DeGale bout
Last Updated: 04/06/14 2:58pm
Carl Froch insists he is in no hurry to face James DeGale, claiming his British rival is not worthy of sharing the same ring.
The IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion dazzled in his rematch with George Groves last Saturday, knocking the 25-year-old out in the eighth round of their Wembley showpiece.
Londoner DeGale is the IBF's mandatory challenger following his win over Brandon Gonzalez, but Froch insists DeGale is not ready for him, suggesting he look elsewhere before contemplating stepping into the ring with him.
"James DeGale? Yes he is mandatory but I don't need to fight my mandatory and let's not forget that James DeGale lost to St George Groves," Froch told Sky Sports News.
"I'll repeat that. George Groves beat James DeGale and I've just absolutely annihilated George Groves so that's not a big fight.
"James DeGale needs to earn his stripes and fight somebody else before he thinks about fighting me."
If I did decide to bow out and not fight again which is still an option then I would retire a very, very happy man with a big smile on my face.
Froch is still undecided over his future and hinted he may retire unless he secures a dream against a top-ranked opponent in Las Vegas.
"I'm in two minds over what to do to be honest," he said. "We've talked about fighting in Las Vegas which is something I want to do before I hang my gloves up.
"Eddie Hearn needs to come back to me with the options before I can make that decision to be honest.
"Personally I want to fight in Las Vegas before I hang my gloves up and if that can't happen and doesn't happen then to bow out on the back of the fight I've just had at the national stadium against Groves in such an emphatic and satisfactory (fashion).
"If I did decide to bow out and not fight again which is still an option then I would retire a very, very happy man with a big smile on my face."
The 36-year-old was asked if a potential Vegas showdown with Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a proposition that would appeal to him.
"I think that's a good name, Chavez Jr," Froch replied. "He's big among the Americans, the Latin Americans and Mexicans especially because of what his father did before him.
"That's a massive fight the American broadcaster HBO would want to show. I know Sky would definitely be involved so that would be a fight of some serious magnitude.
"It would be lucrative but on top of that it would be two top names, two top fighters that leave it all in the ring in Las Vegas which is the fight capital of the world.
"For me that would really get my appetite going and get me motivated. At this stage of my career that's what I need motivation."