DeGale-Groves confirmed

10 03 2011

DeGale v Groves: Rivals to meet

The wait is finally over; the highly anticipated fight between bitter rivals James DeGale and George Groves will finally go ahead following the British Boxing Board of controls’ decision to pencil in the clash for an April 9th date.

However it is highly unlikely that the bout will take place then and it is highly likely that Hayemaker Promotions and Frank Warren Promotions will request the fight be pushed back.

The British Boxing Board of control did confirm that the fight between the two will be for the British Super-Middleweight title and would take place at London’s Olympia.

With the fight now officially confirmed, fans will be licking their lips in anticipation of a fight that has been on the cards since the pairs amateur days, where Groves picked up a unanimous decision win.

There has been plenty of bad blood between the two, with neither missing the opportunity to verbally bash each other in the media and dismissing the others boxing ability and with DeGale in action this Saturday night; you can bet he is going to want to send a message to his future opponent.

One thing is for sure; the build up and fight itself promises to be an explosive event.

You can view the very first encounter between the two by clicking Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4.

Watch below to see what James DeGale had to say about George Groves following his win over Paul Smith last December.


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.