Former IBF and WBA super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch insists he will not be fighting James DeGale in the future.
DeGale is on the verge of becoming a world champion, but he must get past Andre Dirrell in Boston on Saturday night.
The Olympic gold medallist has been looking for a fight with Froch since the Nottingham fighter knocked George Groves out last summer.
DeGale will fight Dirrell for Froch’s former IBF strap, while the WBA removed Froch as champion after he failed to agree a fight.
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently hinted that the 37-year-old will retire rather than fight again.
Froch became world champion in 2008 after beating Jean Pascal and his only defeats have come to Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward. Epic bouts against Jermain Taylor, Arthur Abraham, Lucian Bute and Groves have grabbed the headlines in recent years.
However, Froch is adamant he will not fight DeGale even if he becomes world champion.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ll be flipping a coin to see if I am going to fight again but to be totally honest, the DeGale fight doesn’t do anything for me.
“I can’t get motivated to fight him. It’s not an exciting fight for me. That’s in no way disrespectful to DeGale because if he beats Dirrell – which is a tough task – he’s done well.
“I hope he does beat him and brings the title back to Britain. That’s good for British boxing, keeping the titles over here.
“I’ve just vacated the IBF so it would be nice to see it come back to England, but is it a fight that I fancy? Not really.”
DeGale is currently 1.91 to win on Saturday with Dafabet, while the draw is 23.00, with Dirrell also available at 1.91.