– video recorded by Eric Guy
Here is the full video round by round of the George Groves v James DeGale amateur fight – The two young Dale Youth boxers, who clash in the professional ring on Saturday night for the British and European titles, first faced each other in combat on 6th October 2006.
Going into the bout, now 5 years ago. Groves was 18 and DeGale 21 and many had expected DeGale to win after two straight ABA titles in 2004 and 2005 and a Commonwealth Bronze medal in March.

However, despite boxing earlier the same day, Groves battled his way to victory in a close fight. For Degale, it was his first domestic loss in over three years. For Groves, it was the beginning of his successful road to the Senior ABA title he would then defend in 2008.

Where it all started. Dale Youth ABC is the former amateur club of Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale and George ‘The Saint’ Groves. Where the two fighters both won back to back Senior ABA titles, fighting each other in the process, to begin a rivalry that continues to grow in the professional game…

Dale Youth ABC is located just a stone’s throw from Latimer Road tube station and accepts young people aged 9 and upwards. For more information on Dale Youth ABC, contact Head Coach Mick Delaney here.
DeGale and Groves meet up again last week at their old stomping ground Dale Youth ABC

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