George Groves (21-3, 16 KOs) says he’s not interested in fighting IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) for his title right now, but when he is interested in facing him, he feels the fight will happen. Groves lost his last fight to WBC 168lb champ Badou Jack last month in a close 12 round split decision loss.
The fight was decided upon the knockdown that Groves suffered in the 1st round. If he hadn’t been dropped, he would have won the fight.
Groves needs to put some wins together in a hurry if he wants to get back in the ring with the likes of DeGale. It wouldn’t be a good fight right now because Groves has beaten in 3 out of his last 5 fights in the last two years. If Groves and DeGale want to maximize the amount of money they can make fighting each other, then Groves is going to need between 4 to 6 victories over top shelf contenders/champions in the 168lb division before the fight can take place.
The question is can Groves win that many fights without suffering another loss. The way that Groves looked last month against Badou Jack, I don’t think Groves will do well in the future. He’s more like a six round fighter now than a 12 round guy, and he’s not going to beat a lot of contenders by fighting hard for only six rounds.
“The truth is, I am in no rush to fight James DeGale,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “I’ll fight James DeGale when I am ready; not physically ready, but when I want it, because I’ve beaten him twice already. I’ve got his number. He can go on to be the greatest British fighter we’ve ever had but he will still never beat me. I’ve got his number.
I’m sure Groves’ promoters at Sauerland Events are in no hurry either to put him in with a really good fighter yet because they’re investing in his future, and he can’t losing fights like this. For them to keep Groves’ value up, he’s going to need to start winning again and be able to do it against the top contenders in the division, not the fodder guys like Denis Douglin and Christopher Rebrasse.