By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES has been taking tips from the top in a bid to turn his world title dream into reality.
Groves puts his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles on the line against Paul Smith at Wembley Arena on November 5.
It’s a clash which the newly- crowned Young Boxer of the Year hopes will propel him further along the road towards a world title.
And to help he recently spent time with WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch, who passed on some useful hints and plenty of encouragement to the 23-year-old.
Groves said: “It was great seeing Carl. He has so much experience that you simply can’t fail to learn from someone like him.”
The Londoner impressively defeated former Olympic champion James DeGale in May to lift the British title and is now raring to go for his clash with Scouser Smith.
It looks certain to be a slugfest with Groves and Smith likely to be swapping heavy hooks in a toe-to-toe affair.
Groves added: “There are definitely going to be fireworks on November 5. I have no doubt I will win the fight and a victory over Smith will enable me to progress onto the world stage.
"Paul will present a completely different challenge to me than James DeGale. I will be 100 per cent ready and focused. I can\'t afford any slip-ups in my progression."
The Smith brawl will be Groves' first fight for Europe's leading promoter Frank Warren – a contest that will be screened live on BoxNation, Sky Channel 456.
Groves has won all of his 13 paid bouts, 10 coming via KO, and is confident of extending that run.
But Scouser Smith reckons Groves has a glass chin, some- thing he aims to exploit.
The 29-year-old Smith, who lost his British title to DeGale, has since won two eight-round comeback contests and said: “I want my title back.
“As soon as Groves beat DeGale I went over and asked if this fight could be made. He is made for me and I know I can get him out of there.”