By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
JAMES DeGALE believes Carl Froch is running scared from him.
The London super-middleweight is mandatory challenger for Froch's IBF crown after stopping American Brandon Gonzales at Wembley in May.
But Froch reiterated his desire to retire if he does not land a shot at Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas for his next fight.
The IBF and WBA champion also claimed recently that DeGale is not good enough to face him, but the 2008 Olympic gold medallist has hit back.
DeGale, 28, said: "I suppose he is a bit scared. He knows that I'm a very good fighter and that I'm all wrong for him.
"He has looked at my style and thought 'Oh that's a hard night's work'.
"He would rather go to Vegas, box in Vegas and if he was going to lose to anyone, he would rather lose in Vegas to Chavez.
"He said I'm not good enough - I'm not good enough? That's the killer one.
"I've been Olympic champion, British and European champion as a professional, and I've just boxed in the final eliminator for his world title. What else am I meant to do?
"If I'm being brutally honest I don't think he wants to fight me and he is looking for any excuse."
DeGale returned to training this week and is hoping for a world title shot by the end of the year even if it is not against Froch.
He added: "I've got faith in my promoter Eddie Hearn that he will deliver. Froch has to fight me by February or vacate, I want that IBF title."