Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

David Haye Warns Groves: Smith Tougher Than DeGale

David Haye has warned his protege George Groves that Paul Smith will be a harder fight for him tonight than James DeGale was in May.

Groves was impressive in edging the Olympic gold medalist via majority decision at the O2 Arena in London earlier this year to add the British super-middleweight title to his own Commonwealth belt.

Tomorrow he defends those titles against ex-British champion Smith at Wembley Arena and former WBA heavyweight champion Haye - Groves' mentor, friend and former training partner and promoter - has warned the unbeaten 23-year-old to beware his Liverpudlian opponent.

Recently-retired Haye told Press Association Sport: "I'll be at Wembley for the fight. It is a big test for George but if he can transfer what he's been doing in the gym he'll have a good night.

"I think this is a harder fight than the DeGale fight because that was a strategic fight but this is more physically gruelling. Paul brings a lot to the table in terms of experience and physical ability so we're expecting a tough fight.

"But George has been looking really good in the gym."

Groves sees things differently, though.

"It's more of a 'fight' fight, it's going to be more physical," he said.

"I don't for one second think Paul Smith is as good as James DeGale or will pose as many problems as James DeGale did but he's going to be a tough task for me. It's one I definitely can't take lightly.

"For me, it's important to win this fight and win it well. I've got to win it in style and as well as I can do. I put a lot of pressure on myself in that respect. But there's never a question of me losing my '0'.

"I will never let myself be beaten. But I want to do win in a manner that befits what I hope to go on to achieve."

Despite beating DeGale in May - having also beaten his old club-mate as amateurs - Groves' name remains intrinsically linked with his outspoken rival.

Yet the likeable Hammersmith fighter is happy to entertain thoughts of a third instalment.

"I feel that fight will certainly happen again," he said.

"What's important for me is to improve as a fighter and do that by fighting someone else, with a different style.

"If he keeps on winning - and every time he gets in the ring, believe me, I'm hoping he does win - the fight will come around again and it'll be 10 times bigger, I believe.

"We went on a great journey last time. The fans enjoyed it - some are asking for it again, some are saying 'you've bashed him up enough times now, you don't need to do it again'.

"But in a year or two when we're both putting world titles on the line, if he can get to that level, then yes, of course, we'll happily do it again.

"It's always good when you have two Britons in the ring, especially two Londoners. It's a great storyline."

Groves is set to top the bill at Wembley tonight alongside Scotsman Ricky Burns, who takes on exciting Australian brawler Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by spoonwars on 11-05-2011

Has Been Haye looking for limelight after boxing. Piggybacking on unknown active fighters. Must be having a toe of a time.

Comment by luke1979 on 11-05-2011

[QUOTE=Titing Kabayo;11373972]Haye who? Nobody listens to this clown...[/QUOTE] Yet you read the article and commented on it. Dick!

Comment by Titing Kabayo on 11-05-2011

Haye who? Nobody listens to this clown...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Arum: Reports of Pacquiao vs. Khan Deal is Complete Bullsh*t! Roach: I Won't Count McGregor Out in Mayweather Fight Photos: Miguel Flores vs. Dat Nguyen - Official PBC on FS1 Weigh-In Christian Montano Inks Managerial Pact With Cameron Dunkin De La Hoya Expects Canelo vs. Chavez To Break 1 Million PPV Buys Canelo: Rivalry is Legit, Chavez Jr. Said A lot of Things About Me Jose Uzcategui vs. Andre Dirrell IBF Eliminator in Play Chavez: They Say Canelo is The Best, A Win Opens Many Doors Chocolatito Focused on Improving Defense, Speed in Camp Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Mexico City Lomachenko 'A Little Disappointed' He's Not Fighting Salido Next Sergey Lipinets To Return on Thurman vs. Garcia Undercard Chavez Sr: You've Seen The Best of Canelo, Not Julio - He Will Win Video: Izu Ugonoh Interview, Training For Dominic Breazeale Two Rio Olympians Ready To Be Showcased on Telemundo Jose Pedraza Eyes 135 Debut in May or June, Robert Easter Shot Michael Watson "Overwhelmed" By Support After Vicious Attack Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. Come Together in Mexico City Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez in Play, April 8 on HBO Marco Huck Training With Urkal For Mairis Briedis Showdown Pearson vs. DeLoach Tops ShoBox Triple on February 24 Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Ticket Information Klitschko: Fury Played Mental Games With Me, Destroyed Himself Ugonoh's Coach: A Win Over Breazeale Could Lead To Wilder Scott Quigg Leaves Joe Gallagher, Teams Up With Freddie Roach Trainer: Chavez Jr. Will Face The Best Possible Version of Canelo! Chad Dawson: Adonis Stevenson is NOT a Real World Champion! Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados: Post-Fight Report Card Rakeem Noble: Beating Tommy Coyle Opens Doors For Me Frankie Gavin Leaves Max McCracken, Joins Eastside Gym Ivan Dychko Turns Pro, Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch Tommy Coyle To Face Rakeem Noble In Hull; Kofi Yates Out Haye: I Know I Can Beat Joshua, I Want To Fight Him Next Hunter Says Canelo is Doing Golovkin Dirty With Flat Fee Offer Klitschko Banking on Experience To Push Him Past Joshua "Fighting Words" - Thomas Williams Jr. Took the Hard Way Out Broner: I'm Not Gonna Lie; Granados Hurt Me One Time in Fight Igor Mikhalkin Aims To Get Back in The Mix After PED Mess Photo: Chavez Jr. Arrives To Mexico City Looking Very Slim Magomed Madiev, Khegai, Agadzhanyan Win in Moscow
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement