The IBF chairman, Lindsey Tucker, said the organization wants its mandatory defense for its super-middleweight title to be enforced. They have ordered Carl Froch to begin negotiations with James DeGale to make it happen.
"The letter went out on Dec. 31, 2014," said Tucker. "They have 30 days to negotiate."
Should they not be able to come to terms within 30 days, the bout will go to purse bid, with the minimum purse being $100K, and 75% of that going to Froch who is the current champion. This could be an okay fight but doesn't really move the needle for me, personally, and probably not for many others as well. It also doesn't seem like the fight that Froch was really looking for at the moment, particularly since this isn't the big-money Las Vegas fight that Froch has been hoping for.
Froch has previously intimated that he either wanted a big fight in Vegas or that he would likely hang up the gloves. I suppose now we'll see how serious he was about this statement. Do you guys see Froch taking this fight, retiring, or vacating the title while looking elsewhere for a payday?