|James DeGale (left) and George Groves Rematch? – Not just yet!|
The British Boxing Board of Control have refused to order an immediate rematch between George Groves and James DeGale after their close fought British and Commonwealth super-middleweight fight on Saturday night (May 21) night and told Gareth A. Davies of The Daily Telegraph, that DeGale will have to earn his title shot and rematch with his London rival.
Opinion has been split, but the common denominator in the trade and between the fans, is that Groves deserved the close majority decision and doesn’t have to give his former gym mate a return fight just yet and may seek out other options.
“An immediate re-match is out of the question. The Board will not be ordering a re-match. There was nothing controversial or contentious about it. No one broke any rules. Why would the Board order a re-match?” said Robert Smith, Secretary of (BBBofC)
Smith added: “DeGale could come back as mandatory challenger. If DeGale is the leading contender in six months’ time, he will be made mandatory challenger. If DeGale has anything about him, he will come back stronger from this. It was a test of how he grows. It will not have done him any harm at all.”
“I’m fairly sure we will see these two box each other again, but when and where we don’t know yet. In boxing terms, they are still learning. One is 23, the other is 25. There was huge expectancy on both young men and they were under great pressure in a venue that was full. They put on a great fight.”