|Groves (left) with the Boss, Heavyweight champion David Haye|
George Groves was waiting for the postman on Monday morning, to deliver him a promised letter from Frank Warren, with an offer in writing to fight WBA super middleweight international champion James DeGale on December 11th.
DeGale, 24, who Groves has re-nicknamed ‘James Destined to Fail’ in retaliation to DeGales recent insults at him, is unbeaten in eight fights since turning pro, while the 22-year-old Groves has won all 10 of his bouts, and their paths are again destined to cross in a boxing rivalry that has been rife since the amateur days, when Groves beat DeGale five years ago on route to his ABA title win.
www.britishboxers.co.uk caught up with him to get his version of events.
“You can look at it either way, example Haye and Maccarinelli built up there fight over time and when they eventually got it on, David had captured two world titles and it became a massive event.”
“But that isnt going to happen with me and ‘Destined to Fail’, we are in a hot division, both with just 10 and 8 fights, novices respectfully, I know where I’m going, I know someday I’m going to be world champion and I hope it is sooner rather than later, but its a fight I’m quite happy to have now.” said Groves.
|Groves with manager Adam Booth|
“Hes sitting there after his fight on a PPV event. calling me out aggressively like that on TV. And saying that hes the golden ticket for these guys, these guys are living off his name and need him, well why is he calling me out then? It doesn’t make sense! says Groves.
Groves when asked if the boxing drama they are creating, is all part and parcel of the pro ranks and if ever they met personally, things would be amicable? Groves didn’t hold back.
|Groves with his commonwealth belt|
Q&A. In the Ring with George Groves
George tell us about your fighting in America recently?
Yeah it was great to get out there and rub shoulders with some great fighters, I hope to fight there more, alot of the best world super middleweights are there. Id like to fight for the world title and may have to there, so if I can get the experience early on, it will stand me in good stead in the future.
It is a different mindset out there a different boxing world really and the experience was great, not only getting a quality opponent who was gonna bring me on, but to be involved with the press the weigh ins in the changing rooms, even they are different, the arenas, its just different. You go around the world and think they would be the same but there not. As a fighter things can change your rhythm and its about getting used to it.
Signing with Hayemaker do you feel they can help you accomplish your ambitions?
Yeah they are becoming a main player a power in boxing and having a good relationship with Golden Boy, major promoters in the States, they are really keen on me, they see my talent and they believe I can go all the way and have put in place a kind of provisional agreement and want to get me out there twice a year boxing on their cards, they have shows week in week out, so if anything comes up and Ive got a gap in the diary then I’ve got the option of going over there
Who influenced you as a young boxer?
Favourite British fighter at the moment?
David Haye (right) – I mean hes my boss and I see him all the time, but his crossover appeal, the way he deals with the fans, hes a celebrity now but as always got time for people. You see him on telly and he is always in good humour and he is bringing a new audience into boxing, which is important to keep the sport fresh and interesting for the new audiences.
I love comedy actually, stand up comedy, so I try get to as many as I can – if not I’m sat there watching Paramount TV, Ha!
|Favorite place for an holiday|
Stand up comedian! ha! no Id like to think I was that funny! I don’t know the buzz that you get from boxing is hard to match, I think Id have to be a rock star or something like that. I went to see Green Day this year and they rocked up on stage, with boxing I might get to fight twice a year or something, where them guys are doing it week in week out!
I think from amateurs just going pro, id have to say Ronnie Heffron, all the things I’m hearing from people is that this lad can fight. I like his style as well though he was never going to last too long in the amateurs. Hes not toey you know bouncing around, tall. Hes a come forward fighter, I think he said he is a Ricky Hatton fan and you can see that in his style. He is strong and if he can take that with him through the levels, I think he can go all the way.
To have a certain amount of respect from the boxing people and maybe being able to buy my Mum and Dad a nice house one day, things like that.
More TV – If more TV came in for boxing we would have more well known fighters. If the terrestrial TV stations came in again that would be great. I think then fighters would be inclined to take more risks, their so scared of losing their ‘0’ You know you could get the fights on for the fights sake, if you get beat you haven’t gotta worry about getting pushed to the back of the line, with the backing there would be chances get back in the picture – British fighters would progress and challenge more on the world scene.
I like a bit of Punk Rock sort of thing – Green Day (right) is my favorite band, I like Fall out Boy’ too, stuff like that
I’m half way through Frankie Boyle’s autobiography at the moment, a recommended read!
I love Snatch and Lockstock, I can watch them any day of the week
Out of training Spag. Boll. or Spaghetti Meatballs
Las Vegas, Ive been enough times now I love it out there
Athletics, Football, trying to get into Rugby – I like Tennis, anything that’s on really Il watch it
All the Hayemaker guys, out of the pros Ashley Sexton is a good mate of mine and he as been training down our gym lately.
|Brook on the desert island|
Which 3 people would you be stranded on a Desert Island with?
My Mrs. Bear Grylls and probably Kelly Brook (right) as well.. cause I saw her in a film trapped on a desert Island so she might have a bit of experience as well, so yeah her, just for the experience!
Up to the age of three I had long curly blond hair down to my shoulders, then my Dad took me to get it cut at the barbers and it came back with a red tint, which everyone let me know about until the age of sixteen, and recently someone else as been calling me Ginger as well so! (referring to DeGales references to him as ‘that ugly ginger kid’)
Everything happens for a reason!
If I don’t become a world champion Pay Per view fighter then I’ve let myself down
Interview by Chris Maylett