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DeGale ups the pressure on champion Froch

WAITING GAME: James DeGale

MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER James DeGale maintains that IBF world champion Carl Froch is avoiding him. DeGale, the mandatory challenger for Froch's crown, was speaking at a London press conference to announce his next bout against Marco Antonio Periban on November 22 at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

DeGale said: "I know it sounds stupid but Froch doesn't want to fight me. He knows what I'm about. But time's running out. He's just coming off probably his best victory of his whole career against George Groves in front of 80,000 people. What did he earn off of that? Probably nine million. To come and box me and get four million, he probably thinks, 'Nah, what's the point?'"

"I think he fears me. Why won't he fight me? Seriously. He's going to get four or five million pound for it, I'm his mandatory challenger. He's scared. He doesn't want to lose. Can you imagine what would happen if he lost to me? His credibility and his legacy would be destroyed."

"He's got until February 28 to fight me. He's got to tell the IBF who he is fighting by December 31. I'm busy, I'm boxing in six weeks, I don't care. I'm going to get in there, give Periban a boxing lesson, win well, hardly get hit and then I'll be ready. I'll have a week off and then I'll be back in the gym."

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