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Groves: DeGale, The Most Ignorant and Arrogant in Britain

by Joe Delaney, courtesy of The Daily Star

JAMES DEGALE branded George Groves a “deluded ugly boy” after signing to face his hated rival in Britishboxing’s grudge fight of 2011.

The unbeaten duo clash at The O2 London on May 21, sharing top billing with Nathan Cleverly, who challenges German Juergen Braehmer for the WBO light-heavyweight title.

DeGale’s British super-middleweight title will be on the line, while Groves will risk his Commonwealth crown.

DeGale and Groves were club mates at West London’s Dale Youth ABC, but haven’t spoken since 2006, when Groves won their ABA Championships clash.

The rift worsened when DeGale was picked ahead of Groves for the 2008 Olympics, defying the odds to win a gold medal and going on to win all of his 10 professional fights.

The pair came head-to-head yesterday and DeGale, 24, taunted Groves, saying: “You silly ugly boy. You’re deluded. I’m a different animal now.”

He added: “I’m a British champion, a solid pro and I am looking to take his head off.”

But Groves, 22, unbeaten in 12 fights, hit back.  “He’s the most ignorant, arrogant and egotistical fighter in Britain,” he said.

“James was the Olympic champion, but No.2 in his own gym.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxCleva on 03-18-2011

In terms of personality not styles, Degale resembles Nigel Benn and Groves resembles Chris Eubank. Plus they're fighting at 168. DeGale and Groves interviewed by Steve Bunce:

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 03-18-2011

[QUOTE=right hand jab;10252606]fnar fnar![/QUOTE] ??? You're gassed mate!! (Best line since "Im a gorilla, Im a dog")

Comment by Trigg on 03-18-2011

[QUOTE=Homeless Lump;10251243]Why he keep calling him ugly boy.. i am not gay or anything but there appears nothing seriously wrong with groves..[/QUOTE] His whole head looks like skin coloured rubber has been stretched over a huge skull - tightly, his…

Comment by Reggie Miller on 03-18-2011

DeGale is trying too hard it seems.

Comment by War-Robbo on 03-18-2011

[QUOTE=Sparked_1985;10252650]Groves comes across really well. I'm on board. The guy is eloquent too, which makes me think when it comes to the crunch he is going to far more cerebral in the ring. DeGale's half-a-retard.[/QUOTE] I like Groves a little…

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