Hayemaker Promotions calls out rivals

6 03 2011

Hayemaker Promotions

George Groves has called out long-term rival James Degale in a bid to get the fight on, following his win over Daniel Allotey on Saturday night.

Groves, along with manager and trainer Adam Booth, told Sky Sports: “I’ve told everyone before, it’ll be a Groves win. Whether it be by knock-out or points, I don’t really care. He knows I’ve got his number.”

Adam Booth, who also manages and trains WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, has also hinted that the long-awaited fight between Haye and Wladimir Klitschko is very close to being a done deal.

Booth told Sky Sports: “We’re very, very close. Everything seems to be doing better than ever at the moment. I’m going to wait a few days because there is going to be a lot happening.”

Both fights, if confirmed, would excite the British public as well as the wider boxing world, in an age when so many big fights seem to collapse during the negotiation period. (i.e. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.)

Below is the full post-fight interview with George Groves and Adam Booth.


Groves eases to victory

5 03 2011

Groves: Too much class

George Groves moved a step closer to a ‘Battle of Britain’ clash with bitter rival James Degale after he dispatched of Ghanaian Daniel Allotey on Saturday night.

The unbeaten Commonwealth champion needed just four rounds to dispatch of the awkward Allotey, as Groves made it 12 wins from 12 since he turned professional.

The first round was largely forgettable as Groves sought to ‘feel out’ his opponent and find his range. However Groves’s class began to tell in the second, with him landing a big over-the-top right hand which seemed to rock Allotey.

Groves began to up the work-rate in the third as Allotey began to feel the effects Groves’ power. The Londoner landed a number of ramrod like left jabs which sent the Ghanaian’s head snapping right back on every occasion.

The Hammersmith stylist moved through the gears as he landed a stiff right which sent Allotey stumbling back towards the ropes, where Groves followed up with a powerful right hand that dropped his opponent.

Allotey managed to beat the referee’s count, but the Groves would not be denied as he sent Allotey crashing back to the canvas with another huge right hand, forcing the referee to call a halt the fight.