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Frank Warren on DeGale-Groves, Magee, Audley, More

By Frank Warren

IT'S taken a lot of hard work, but I've finally pulled together a fantastic card for May 21 at London's O2 Arena.

Nathan Cleverly challenges Jurgen Braehmer for the WBO light-heavyweight title and James DeGale and George Groves will finally get it on.

Braehmer is a massive test for Cleverly but, with home advantage, I fancy Nathan has a great opportunity to get the job done.

It will be hard though because you only have to look at Braehmer's record plus what he did as an amateur - two wins over Ricky Hatton, one by a first-round knockout, plus Carl Froch's scalp - to realise he's a class act.

And DeGale against Groves is a cracking fight as well. There is a lot of history between them dating back to their amateur days.

Within seconds they were having a real ding-dong at the Press conference to announce the fight on Thursday. If it's half as good in the ring, we are in for a treat.

The fight reminds me of those great fights of the 80s and 90s between Nigel Benn, Michael Watson, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins and Joe Calzaghe. It could be one of those nights when the whole country stands still.

DeGale fought last weekend and won in the fifth. His opponent was tough but it was a fairly easy job. However, DeGale needed to get some rounds under his belt.

I didn't want him going into the Groves fight after a six-month lay-off. In the Sky commentary box, former world champs Barry McGuigan and Jim Watt claimed DeGale should be fighting for titles.

But he did in just his seventh outing and beat a quality Paul Smith to win the British in just his ninth. And with this showdown with Groves, I don't think anyone can accuse DeGale of slacking.

In their 10th fights, McGuigan and Watt were both boxing eight-rounders, so James is in good company. They didn't fight for the British title until their 15th bout.

Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title last weekend. Joseph Laryea suffered a broken hand but it was obvious Burns was too good for him. I'll be looking to make a big fight for Ricky in July in Scotland.

BRIAN MAGEE gets a world title shot at IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute tonight.

Ulsterman Magee couldn't have been given a tougher assignment as Bute is undoubtedly the world No 1 at super-middleweight.

It would be a major surprise if Magee brought the title home to Northern Ireland.

AUDLEY HARRISON has said he would quit if he couldn't beat Tyson Fury or Dereck Chisora.

Please Audley, give us a break!

Footballer Mario Balotelli may be allergic to grass. Perhaps Audley has the same problem with leather.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by English puncher on 03-20-2011

[QUOTE=Stones!;10255400]DeGale and Groves are both pathetic bums. DeGale doesn't even know how to trash-talk, his performance on Ringside was a flop - Groves has no skill, no personality and would get destroyed by any world-class performer. Enjoy watching these two…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-19-2011

[QUOTE=LemieuxKOArtist;10255393]May I ask you; Aside Kessler, who Ward beat worth mentionning ?[/QUOTE] Why put aside Kessler? That one win puts Ward above Lucian Bute for now. And if Ward wins the Super Six he stays above Bute.

Comment by Fishkie on 03-19-2011

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;10255662]saying as Groves team won the purse bid, how did this end up on a Warren card? Not complaining, thats a fantastic undercard for Cleverly's title shot, just curious[/QUOTE] I was thinking the same thing? Anyway.. Gd card :)

Comment by gingeralbino on 03-19-2011

saying as Groves team won the purse bid, how did this end up on a Warren card? Not complaining, thats a fantastic undercard for Cleverly's title shot, just curious

Comment by PEBBLES! on 03-19-2011

DeGale and Groves are both pathetic bums. DeGale doesn't even know how to trash-talk, his performance on Ringside was a flop - Groves has no skill, no personality and would get destroyed by any world-class performer. Enjoy watching these two…

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