Groves not eager to fight DeGale again, says he has no titles
By Scott Gilfoid: With his razor thin close 12 round decision over James DeGale last Saturday night in London, British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (13-0, 10 KO’s) doesn’t appear to be at all interested in trying his luck again in a fight with ultra talented DeGale.
Groves took a royal beating in the DeGale fight and struggled badly in the second half of the bout with DeGale constantly attacking and punishing him with hard shots.
Frank Warren, the promoter for DeGale and DeGale himself, both want a rematch with Groves, as they felt that Groves didn’t win the fight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like DeGale is going to get that rematch, because Groves is talking about wanting to move on and thinks he can find a better opponent than DeGale.
It’s hard imagine that happening, because Groves will likely go back to fighting obscure Euro or domestic level opponents after this fight, and I can’t see any of them being on the same level in terms of talent or notoriety as DeGale. But I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised if Groves does step it next – if he’s not going to give a rematch with DeGale.
However, if Groves does take someone other than DeGale, he’s going to have to fight someone really talented on the world level because a domestic or European level fighter would be a clear step down from DeGale. Groves can spin it any way he wants to, but he’ll be taking a big step down if he faces anyone other than a top five world class opponent next, and you know he’s not about to do that.
So, he’s not going to be facing a better opponent than DeGale next. Groves said this after the fight: “How many times do I have to beat this man? After this fight I’ll go on to bigger and better things. He has no titles, he’s just come off a loss, I’m pretty sure I can find a better opponent that James DeGale.”
See, this is what I’m talking about. Groves isn’t going to fight anyone better than DeGale, and I think I smell fear. I think DeGale may have to forget about a rematch and just move on. Believe me, the time will come in the future when DeGale is the champion and Groves, now beaten and exposed, will be looking to get a title fight against DeGale.
It will be DeGale’s turn to ignore Groves and return the favor, pointing out that there isn’t any point in fighting him because he doesn’t have a title. DeGale is going to be a much better pro compared to Groves in my view. Believe that. Once Groves is fighting outside of the UK and having to take on world level opposition, he’s going to get beat. His best bet is to try and stay in the UK as long as possible and avoid the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute, Sakio Bika and Andre Ward. Groves isn’t in their league and will lose badly. He might as well give DeGale the rematch, so that he take advantage of this opportunity before he starts getting beaten up by the top guys and knocked down a peg.