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Groves: I'm Not World Class Yet, Neither is DeGale

By Chris LaBate

British/Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves believes James DeGale, the EBU champion, is only fooling himself with his constant boasts of being a world class fighter. Groves won a very close decision over DeGale a few months back. DeGale decisioned Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski on Saturday night to win the European title. Groves defends his belts against Paul Smith next month.

“Let him go around thinking he’s world class if that makes him happy,” Groves told West London Sport. “If I wanted that, then I could have pushed for that, but I wasn’t interested in being linked to world titles. I didn’t fool myself into thinking I was world class just because I’d beaten James DeGale.

"He [DeGale] fought for the European title coming off the back of a loss, which was great for him, but I’m 99% sure that fight was made before he fought me. He was so sure he’d win against me. That’s why I wasn’t making a song and dance, trying to link myself to world title fights. That’s where I’ll be in the future, but I know I’ve got work to do.”

DeGale is hunting for a rematch and wants his revenge, but Groves doesn't appear to be too interested in a return fight.

“My career doesn’t revolve around James DeGale,” Groves insists. “I’ve beaten him twice. I’ve done what I need to. My career is about going on to be a world champion and the best fighter I can be. “I don’t want to just be known as the guy who keeps beating James DeGale. There’s a lot more to me and I’ll show people that.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 10-20-2011

Wilczewski is not world class.

Comment by LoveForBoxing on 10-20-2011

Sorry to say but george is going to struggle against paul smith he should win but hes going to struggle then his performance will be compared to degales and its hard to see him bettering that i would love to…

Comment by micky1971 on 10-20-2011

damn straight, georgey groves is humble and very honest about his thoughts. a very engaging and nice young fellah. usaully stays quiet and lets people think what they wanna. proud to be a fellow englishman and londoner. james de"fail" acting…

Comment by GoogleMe on 10-20-2011

Good stuff....

Comment by dannnnn on 10-20-2011

Good stuff from Groves. I like this guy in and outside the ring, hope he goes a long way.

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