DeGale Claims Ryan Aston Dropped Groves in Sparring

By Phil D. Jay

British super-middleweight champion James DeGale has named George Groves’ new stablemate, Ryan Aston, as the boxer who trainer Jim McDonnell said knocked his opponent down in sparring in preparation for their 168-pound grudge match on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

McDonnell had said that a “kid who boxes at welterweight” had put Groves on the canvas in sparring and during their heated press conference in London, Olympic champion DeGale shouted the boxer's name to Commonwealth champion Groves and taunted him about the rumor.

Aston, 20, now campaigns at middleweight and signed a three-year with Hayemaker promotions in April. The former member of Team GB, boast four national titles in his amateur career and will make his professional debut on the undercard of David Haye’s heavyweight unification bout with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on July 2nd.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by druss81 on 05-21-2011

[QUOTE=DeGold;10571910]Underdog's? What you talking about underdogs for man? Chatting your boy's an underdog, you don't even sound confident he can win - how you sound is like you're trying to convince yourself! Come to a forum and mug yourself off…

Comment by War-Robbo on 05-20-2011

Ugly boy's gone tommorow night..... He has only got a punchers chance and his punch isn't that big anyway!!!!

Comment by DeGold on 05-20-2011

[QUOTE=Saint Groves;10570917]This is the underdogs time.[/QUOTE] Underdog's? What you talking about underdogs for man? Chatting your boy's an underdog, you don't even sound confident he can win - how you sound is like you're trying to convince yourself! Come to…

Comment by Freddie Jackson on 05-20-2011

This is the underdogs time.

Comment by hogey on 05-20-2011

If he really is as good as Fish Eyes Warren has been making him look with careful matchmaking then fair play to the bloke i will give him the respect he deserves, but i have my doubts. If it turns…

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