CARL FROCH will be ringside as part of the Sky Sports team when domestic super-middleweight rival James DeGale takes on Marco Antonio Rubio on the November 22 Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew undercard in Liverpool. The IBF champion has so far ignored DeGale’s pleas for a shot at the title, of which the Londoner is mandatory contender, instead preferring a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in Las Vegas.

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn – who had been talking to Froch for an hour before talking to Boxing News – claims that while the Mexican is indeed priority, a Froch-DeGale showdown has not been totally discounted.

“Obviously Al Haymon has signed Chavez,” said Hearn. “But he’s still got unresolved issues with Top Rank. God knows what’s going to happen but everyone tells me they want the fight [with Froch]; broadcasters, fighters, managers, promoters. So, hopefully, eventually, it will get done but Carl is not in a rush to do anything.

“He’s looking forward to seeing DeGale in Liverpool [against Periban]. He’s going to be working for Sky on the night. If he [DeGale] puts in a great performance I wouldn’t rule that fight [with Froch] out.

“It’s a tough fight for DeGale, and if you take Groves off his record, Periban is arguably his toughest opponent to date.

“So for Froch, don’t rule out DeGale, but all eyes are still on Chavez. When they’ve [Team Chavez] sorted out their mess, I think we’ll get it.”

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