Groves on the hunt to silence his critics and realise his world title dream
PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:29 13 April 2016
PA Wire/Press Association Images
George Groves says he is determined to silence his critics once and for all in his continued quest to finally win a first world title.
The 28-year-old, a former product of the successful Dale Youth ABC, was just too superior for David Brophy at The O2 on Saturday as he fought on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s excellent IBF world heavyweight title success.
‘The Saint’ completed his 23rd professional victory, along with claiming the vacant WBA International super-middleweight mantle, by stopping Scotland-based Brophy with a crunching right to the stomach 47 seconds into round four.
Groves, who was satisfied with his performance, feels his progress and confidence is back on track under the guidance of his latest trainer Shane McGuigan, son of former world featherweight Barry McGuigan.
“I was really happy with how the fight went. I thought I boxed really well,” said Groves.
“David Brophy to a certain degree was an unknown quantity but I felt I shut him down early doors on the jab, varied the jab, varied the tempo and varied the timing.
“I found my distance very quickly and I started catching him on his way in and on his way out.
“Some new, scuttle stuff I’ve been doing with in the gym was coming out during the bout.
“That was a far more comfortable settled win than the Andrea Di Luisa fight in January.
“I still think the Di Luisa fight was also a really good performance, but it’s nice to just have a few more rounds banked.
“I’ve made improvements in the last couple of years since the Carl Froch and Badou Jack fights. Now working with Shane, I feel bigger, I feel stronger, I’m hitting harder so confidence is coming back.”
And Groves hardly looked like a boxer on the downfall, in particular after his defeat to Sweden’s WBC champion Badou Jack last September, as his jab and power was the key to his victory over the previously unbeaten Brophy.
“I came under a lot of scrutiny from people who speak negative of me constantly, but they’ve done that all of my career,” he continued.
“Whenever I’ve been in big fights they’ve always written me off and I always come out and made more of a show for myself.
“Right now people are saying I’m past my best because I lost a split decision out in Las Vegas against Badou Jack who is a very under-rated fighter. If I’m honest if we boxed again I’m 100 percent confident of beating him convincingly.”
The Hammersmith man is keen to earn shot number four at a world title which his promoters former Kilburn schoolboys Kalle and Nisse Saulerland are tirelessly working on to come to realisation.
Possible names for Groves includes Bosnian-German Felix Sturm who currently holds the WBA Super belt and Mexico’s Gilberto Ramírez who last weekend dethroned Arthur Abraham, from Armenia, of his WBO crown.
But Groves is relishing a rematch with either Jack or his old bitter Dale Youth rival from Harlesden, current IBF super-middleweight Champion James DeGale.
And Groves believes DeGale still wants to seek revenge from their tense British and Commonwealth title meeting five years ago when the former came out on top.
“He’s (DeGale) only got one loss in his record so he wants to avenge that loss much like I want to avenge my loss against Badou Jack,” he added.
“I love to fight Badou Jack whether it’s for a belt or not. I’d also love to face James DeGale again - because it’s good fun.
“I’m sure he like to have a crack to avenge his loss. There’s plenty of great fights out there for me, I’m happy to fight them all.
“I love to have a big fight, something to get my teeth stuck into.”