It's Saint's day all the time!
PUBLISHED: 18:39 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky GEORGE Groves is relishing the hectic schedule that awaits him after signing a three-year deal with promoter Frank Maloney. The Hammersmith super-middleweight, who beat Martins Kukuls on Sunday to record his fifth straight win as a profession
By Ben Kosky
GEORGE Groves is relishing the hectic schedule that awaits him after signing a three-year deal with promoter Frank Maloney.
The Hammersmith super-middleweight, who beat Martins Kukuls on Sunday to record his fifth straight win as a professional, will be back in the ring just over a week from now.
And, after appearing in Sunderland on the undercard of Jason Booth's super-bantamweight title clash with Michael Hunter, the 'Saint' faces yet another fight in Germany only three weeks later.
"I'm going to be super-busy. All of a sudden, crash, bang, wallop, I'll be out three times in five weeks," the 21-year-old former Dale Youth ABC amateur reflected.
"I'll still be training with David Haye and Adam Booth and they'll be my matchmaker and look after me, taking care of the day-to-day stuff, but I'll be boxing on Frank Maloney's shows a lot more.
"Frank's got shows all over the country and that means I'll be able to showcase my skills and talent up and down Great Britain. He's got Sky dates week in week out, and I'd hope to get more exposure there.
"Wherever he wants me to be, I'll be fit and ready to get out there. I have 100 per cent faith in my management team and, whatever they provide me, I've got to deliver."
Groves produced an impressive display last weekend at York Hall as he saw off the gritty Kukuls inside five rounds - even though he arrived in east London with the identity of his opponent still a mystery.
Surrey-based Matthew Barr had been scheduled to fight Groves, but he pulled out and organisers Hayemaker Promotions drafted in the Latvian journeyman after turning down another option, Patrick Mendys.
"I didn't know who my opponent was until I got there," admitted Groves. "They said he looked a tough nut to crack and all the stuff you've been working on in the gym you can put into this fight.
"Thankfully it went to plan. I was trying to tease him and break up his rhythm, but you can't do that in the first round - it takes time and really it was about getting five or six solid rounds under my belt."
After an uneventful first round, Groves came to life in the second, landing a flurry of blows to his opponent's body and forcing him back against the ropes.
The Latvian's legs began to wobble after a fearsome combination in the third round and, with Groves working his jab to good effect, it was only a matter of time.
Kukuls survived a heavy right-hander and then caught the Saint in the fifth round, but Groves' response was a venomous left hook that dropped his opponent to his knees and the towel was thrown in soon afterwards.
Groves dedicated the win to another super-middleweight from Maloney's stable - the late Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland, who was found dead at home by his promoter last month.