George Groves insists he will be too strong for Badou Jack ahead of world title fight
PUBLISHED: 22:45 11 September 2015 | UPDATED: 23:02 11 September 2015
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George Groves insists he is a stronger fighter since losing successive world title bouts to Carl Froch, as he aims to make it third time lucky on Saturday night.
The former Dale Youth ABC amateur takes on Badou Jack in Las Vegas, with the WBC super-middleweight title at stake.
And the 27-year-old, who is fighting on the Floyd Mayweather Jr v Andre Berto undercard at the MGM Grand (approximately 2am BST), says he is relishing setting the record straight after back-to-back defeats to Froch.
Groves told the Times: “It’s a lifelong dream to become a world champion. I’m looking forward to getting in there and performing.
“I take nothing away from Carl Froch but this is a different fight. It happens in boxing, you get hit. Every fight is more important than the last, especially once you’ve lost.
“We’ve been patient waiting for this WBC shot. I know I’ve made improvements since I fought Froch though, and there have only been two or three rounds I’ve actually lost in the last few years.
Groves insists he has pulled out the stops in his bid to secure a first world title, with the west Londoner making no shortage of sacrifices to ensure he is in the best condition possible ahead of Saturday’s bout.
He added: “I’m really excited about the fight, I’m in a good place. We’re ready for action.
“I’ve been away from my family for the last eight weeks and I’ve sacrificed an awful lot to be in the best shape possible.
“I didn’t want to deal with the jetlag so I came here a lot earlier than I probably would have in the past. I know the set up here in the Big Bear.
“We’re in phenomenal shape. We’re flying! We’re getting better results than back in London when training.”
Jack, the man who stands in the way of Groves securing a first world championship, has lost just once in his 21 professional fights to date, including 12 knockouts, but Groves insists he will be too strong for the 31-year-old on the night.
“I want to announce myself as the best in the division. I’ll be willing to take on anyone in this division,” Groves stated.
Groves added: “Badou Jack is going to want to put on a statement, but I think he will struggle to do that. I don’t think he’s going to get a knockout.
“I think the more he lets them hands go the more he leaves openings for me to take advantage and to knock him out. We’ve left no stone unturned. Unfortunately for Badou Jack he’s in my way.
“We’ll soon seen what he’s all about on fight night, but I guarantee that he’s not been in with anyone as good as me. He’s currently WBC champion, but not for too much longer, because once he fights me I’m going to take him out.
“It will be the best fight you’re ever going to see on showtime pay-per-view.”
Mayweather v Berto/Groves v Jack is live on BoxNation on Saturday night. Visit boxnation.com for more details.