After the controversial conclusion to his bout with Carl Froch in Manchester on 21st November, George Groves has in many ways come out the winner in terms of positive publicity and an increased fan base. British fans love an alleged miscarriage of justice, and George has capitalised by taking part in his first ever UK dinner tour. Most recently he was in Birmingham alongside Paddy Fitzpatrick, at a dinner show promoted by Ken Purchase.
Confidence has never been an issue for George and when asked about a potential future bout with Andre Ward he stated: “I want to be the best and unify the division, so Andre Ward will definitely be on my radar”.
George’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick chipped in: “George punches harder, has a more spiteful and varied jab. However, Ward is a consummate professional and is great at making technical adjustments as the fights go on, which is a sign of a great fighter. Andre has been with his trainer for numerous years and they have a great relationship together. I would like to see George and me to grow more together before we take the fight but I know George would take it in his next one."
George was also asked about a potential future rematch with James DeGale and he responded by saying: “James is a fight that will never go away. It’s a fight I will take any day of the week. I think I would beat him 10 times out of 10. I hope he gets a world title shot and wins a world title because that might help make that fight, but he really needs to stop fighting in small leisure centres.”
It appeared that the fans were booing Carl Froch and also the referee after the controversial stoppage on 21st November. Groves said: “The fans booed the referee at first but after Froch’s ringside interview the boos were targeted at him. He showed no humility at all. In the rematch I will put Carl to sleep on fight night. This will be Hagler v Hearns.”
Fitzpatrick: “No one believed George before the DeGale fight, no one believed George before he fought Carl the first time, by now you would be foolish not to believe George. If George says it's Hagler v Hearns, you would be amiss not to believe he can and will do that.” Paddy was asked about the possibility that Froch will change his tactics in the rematch and Paddy stated “If you have a car which drives at 100mph and another car which drives at 50mph, the 100mph car will always be faster. Therefore Groves will always be faster than Froch."
Fitzpatrick and Groves are of the belief that the referee Howard Foster inadvertently bought in to the hype about Carl Froch’s reputation. Fitzpatrick: “There was a lot of hype about Carl being a warrior and George having a glass chin. Howard bought the hype.”
Groves added: “Carl was the champion, he was the star and was expected to win. I was a victim of the hype and the referee made a terrible decision.”
The negotiations for the rematch were quite intense. Groves went through various avenues in order to ensure it happened, including an appeal to the IBF. Eventually, he struck a deal with Eddie Hearn and Carl Froch. He said: “Eddie and Carl are very close. Carl looks up to Eddie. I’m sure Eddie is glad he got the fight but he paid a little more than he wanted to. Every penny I nick off Carl is a win!”
There are various rumours doing the rounds about George negotiating with various potential promoters, including the likes of Golden Boy Promotions. On this very topic George said: “I will be looking to sign with a promoter in the foreseeable future. Maybe before the Froch fight or maybe after. A lot of people want to get in the picture. I’m certainly looking to sign with a major promoter very soon. I’m definitely not interested in promoting myself.”
If the rematch it is anything like the first bout then boxing fans will be in for a real treat on 31st May. A venue is yet to be announced but the frontrunning Stadiums are Wembley and the Emirates. You can be sure the pre-fight press conferences will be almost as entertaining as the fight itself.
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