Groves: I’m sure I’ll beat anyone in the world
By Scott Gilfoid: For some fighters it crushes their egos and self-confidence when they get knocked clean out and stopped in two straight fights. It has a way of grounding the fighter to bring them back to reality in terms of their talent level.
In the case of George Groves, he doesn’t appear to have lost any of his self-belief whatsoever since being smashed twice by Carl Froch. If anything, I would say Groves is even more confident than he was before he was knocked out in those two fights.
Groves, 27, will be fighting for a world title this Saturday night against WBC 168lb champion Badou “The Ripper” Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Groves is spouting off about how he thinks he can beat anyone in the world right now after having a good training camp, or at least that’s what he says.
“I’m sure I’ll beat anyone in the world the way I’m training while performing right now. So it’s going to be even sweeter that it is on a Floyd boy,” Groves said via skysports.com.
Oh my, will you look at that. Groves beats two soft touches in Christopher Rebrasse and Denis Douglin, and now he’s blabbering about being good enough to beat anyone in the whole world. I’m just wondering if Groves is including all the talents in the super middleweight division like Andre Dirrell, Anthony Dirrell and Andre Ward when he talks about how he can beat anyone in the world.
I’d also be curious if Groves feels like he’s game to beat the top light heavyweights as well like Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson, Andrzej Fonfara, Artur Beterbiev, Jean Pascal, Yunieski Gonzalez and Sullivan Barrera. I’m just saying. It’s not as if Groves would be giving any size against the light heavyweights. He looks as big as them.
Groves should probably take one small step at a time in trying to conquer the world if that’s his grand plan. He’s going to need to not get knocked out by Badou on Saturday in their fight on Showtime PPV, because it’s clearly not going to work if Groves get stopped once again. I mean, it would look bad if Groves is talking about how he can beat anyone in the world, and then he turns around and gets knocked out straightaway by Badou.
“I’m in great shape and I feel up to beating anyone in the world right now, so it doesn’t matter who it is. Unfortunately for Badou, it’s him. He’s in my way,” Groves said. “We’ve left no stone un-turned.”
Groves has fought twice since being knocked out twice by Froch. Groves beat Rebrasse and Denis Douglin last year. Those guys aren’t exactly top five contenders in the super middleweight division. Rebrasse was picked out by the World Boxing Council for Groves to fight in the WBC super middleweight title eliminator in September of last year. This was immediately after Groves’ second knockout loss to Froch. Don’t ask me why the WBC picked out Groves to fight in their eliminator against Rebrasse, because surely they could have found someone who hadn’t been knocked out in his last two fights. Groves was able to beat Rebrasse to immediately pin down a third world title shot. The title shot is guaranteed for Groves.
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