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Groves not interested in DeGale rematch, but IS interested in Anderson rematch

George Groves James DeGaleBy Scott Gilfoid: British super middleweight champion George Groves (14-0, 11 KO’s) doesn’t have any plans in fighting James DeGale (11-1, 8 KO’s) anytime soon. Groves beat DeGale by a close and some say controversial 12 round majority decision last year in May in a fight that saw Groves come out of the blocks in a fast start in the first four rounds, but then struggle in the last eight rounds from the pressure and power from DeGale.


I had DeGale winning that fight and I have no dog in this hunt. I just saw DeGale taking it against a negative fighter.

Groves told the BBC Sport “I’ve beaten him as a pro and an amateur, so there’s nothing in it for me except another pay day. If I beat James 99 out of 100 and soon the British public will know it for certain as well. If the fight doesn’t come off it doesn’t bother me because I’ve already beaten the man.”

Gosh, that attitude from Groves sounds a heck of a lot like Amir Khan about his win over Marcos Maidana. He wants nothing of the rematch with that guy even though he was tottering around like a drunk in the 10th round and taking a beating from that round on. What I’m trying to figure out is why wouldn’t Groves want to fight a guy like DeGale that he didn’t really prove that he was better than? I mean look at who Groves is fighting now. He’s taking on Kenny Anderson, a fighter that he knocked out in the 6th round two years ago in November 2010.

So it’s okay to fight a guy you knocked out but not one that you beat by a controversial decision? I smell fear and I think we may have a duck job. DeGale wants the fight, and still doesn’t understand Groves’ reluctance to fight again. The only thing I can think of is he’s worried he might lose next time, because once DeGale figured Groves out in the 4th round, he was chasing him around the ring like Antonio Margarito chasing Miguel Cotto in their first fight and battering Groves.

DeGale, for those who are dying to know, is fighting on the undercsard of the Groves-Anderson card against former WBC super middleweight champion Cristian Sanavia in a toss-up fight. DeGale has surpassed Groves and is now the EBU super middleweight champion.


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