Date: 3rd January 2015 at 11:10am
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At last, finally at last, somebody is keen to force the issue.

The promotion at Wembley, whereby Carl Froch defeated George Groves for the second time and James DeGale produced a stunning performance to become the #1 IBF super-middleweight mandatory challenger seems an age ago.

But since that show Froch has shown very little interest in fulfilling his obligation as the Nottingham fighter seeks a career swansong in Las Vegas, with Julio Cesar Chaves Junior his reputed target.

Well now it appears that Froch has been given an ultimatum, either he defends his IBF version of the super-middleweight world title, against James DeGale, or he sticks it in the post and returns it to the IBF having been stripped.

Those good folk over at the IBF have given Froch the ultimatum DeGale has been waiting for with the IBF chairman, Lindsey E Tucker, confirming to the media,

?We sent him a letter on December 31, ordering him to start negotiating with mandatory challenger James DeGale,?

?They have 30 days to negotiate. If they don?t reach a decision, then we call for a purse bid.?

My view is that Froch will relinquish the IBF version of the super-middleweight title to pursue a dream that will never happen.