FROCH has been guaranteed £4million to put his IBF world super-middleweight title on the line against James DeGale early next year.
Froch has been made the big-money offer to fight 2008 Olympic gold medalist DeGale, the mandatory challenger for his IBF crown, at London’s O2 Arena on January 31.
Nottingham’s Froch, who earned around £9m for beating George Groves in front of 80,000 people at Wembley in May, has been guarded about his future plans after 12 world-title fights.
He has since taken part in the BBC TV celebrity gymnastics show Tumble while DeGale is taking on the world-ranked Mexican Marco Antonio Periban on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month.
DeGale’s boxing adviser Ambrose Mendy, who rose to prominence in the 1980s guiding Nigel Benn to world middleweight glory, believes Froch is avoiding DeGale.
Mendy said: “Carl Froch is a tremendous fighter until you mention James DeGale. Would he have fought James DeGale three years ago? Yes, he probably would have done.
“However, will he fight James DeGale today for the £4m that we have guaranteed? No, he will not. I have got Eddie Hearn (Froch’s promoter) scared to the point that he won’t answer the phone.
“He has got to deliver answers. All that I am getting from James is ‘Froch, Froch, Froch’. He wants to create history by being Britain’s first Olympic gold medalist to become world champion.
“We have guaranteed him £4m to fight James DeGale – how on earth do you sneeze at that? You just don’t. He is saying he doesn’t know if it will do the numbers we have said.
“But I am telling everybody it’s a humongous fight. Froch wants us to wait until the summer. What is James supposed to do between now and then?
“When I put on Eubank-Benn and Benn-Watson, common sense prevailed, but instead Froch is acting like a dictator.”