Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Groves To Send A Message To Dirrell With Douglin Fight

By Terence Dooley 

London's George Groves intends to make a statement against New Jersey's Denis Douglin, 17-3 (10), on the undercard of Tony Bellew's rematch with Nathan Cleverly at Liverpool's Echo arena on Saturday night before trying to nail down his mandatory challenge for Anthony Dirrell's WBC Super middleweight crown.

Former British and Commonwealth titlist Groves told Sky Sports that he will send Dirrell a message on Saturday night; he also opened the door on a possible rematch with fellow Londoner and former foe James DeGale, who meets Marco Antonio Periban on Saturday's Bill.

"I'm mandatory challenger for the WBC title held by Anthony Dirrell," said Groves. "Purse bids are due on December 15th. This is more than a keep busy fight, it's about keeping the momentum from my last fight [a decision win over Christopher Rebrasse for the EBU belt]. I got a good, solid win over Rebrasse and banked some rounds. I'm boxing a great guy, he says he's rejuvenated from training at the Mayweather gym. I'm excited to be out again."

He also reiterated that he is going to stay on the WBC route, then added that former opponent Carl Froch should accommodate IBF mandatory challenger DeGale. He said: "if you're mandatory, you deserve to fight the champion. It wouldn't be the same spectacle (as Froch-Groves), but it's a worthwhile fight. DeGale must be frustrated, [his promoter] Eddie Hearn said they'll start negotiations next month, but DeGale became mandatory in May. DeGale will try to Nick a decision, Froch will try to walk through him."

Should both DeGale and Groves win world titles they will once again be on a collision course. Groves, 20-2 (15), would welcome a world title unification return; he beat DeGale by decision in May 2011 and believes he has his rival's number. "It would make for a massive fight," he said. "A unification between us would eclipse the Froch fights. It could happen again, but my goal is to become world champion through the WBC route first."

Please send news and views to @Terryboxing

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Crazylegs77 on 11-20-2014

Dirrel wont fight Groves unless its a big payday (which would only be in UK probably) so really doubt the fight will take place. Id pick Groves over Direll. Should be a good fight though.

Comment by paulf on 11-20-2014

Groves beats Dirrell. I wouldn't be surprised if Dirrell give up his belt rather than face Groves in the UK.

Comment by jmrf4435 on 11-20-2014

AND who the **** is Anthony Dirrell? at least Groves has fought an all time great twice, coming close in the first fight to dethroning Froch!!Why are you guys on Anthony Dirells nuts? He's fought NO ONE!! Groves has a…

Comment by jmrf4435 on 11-20-2014

Say what you want, if i had to pick i would say Groves takes it over Anthony Dirrell

Comment by 1chase on 11-20-2014

Both Anthony and Andre Dirrell would beat the **** outta this dude. But watch him get schooled by Doughlin.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Naoya Inoue Says The Goal is To Blast Out Jamie McDonnell Bellew: I Punch Harder Than Fury, He's Fighting a Cruiserweight Callum Smith: I'd Rather Wait and Fight Groves, Not Eubank Jr. Eric Molina Suspended By UK Anti-Doping For Failed Test Gilberto Ramirez vs. Roamer Angulo Lands on BoxNation News: Darragh Foley, Armin Mrkanovic, Thomas vs. Bunting Alex Saucedo Expects Big Crowd For Home Fight With Lenny Z Mayweather Certain Stevenson Will Fade in Jack Rematch, Too Bradley: Mikey Garcia is a Dangerous Fight For Lomachenko Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton Could Go To Neutral Territory Trainer: McDonnell Very Prepared, in Form For Naoya Inoue Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is Alleged To Have Beaten Man at Gas Station Wilder Dares Joshua To Back Up "F*** Him Up Bad" Boast Jono Carroll Believes He Has The Edge Over Declan Geraghty Errol Spence: Tank Davis Would Smoke Lomachenko! Luke Campbell Hopes a Rematch is Finalized With Yvan Mendy Virgil Hill Discusses The 175 Landscape, Stevenson vs. Jack Coach: Pacquiao Punished Buboy, He'll Be Ready For Matthysse Tyson Fury Plans To Pursue a Medical Career After Boxing Celestino Caballero To Be Released From Prison Carlos Cuadras Leaves Rehab, Ready To Get Back in The Mix David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell Ordered By The WBC Manager: GGG Avoided Derevyanchenko on 5/5 & They Know It Photos: Canelo Shows Off His Trimmed Down Physique Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith Talks Continue To Play Out Gvozdyk Not Stepping Aside, Ready For Adonis Stevenson Shot Avni Yildirim vs. Lolenga Mock Set For September 15, Germany Roy Jones: Joshua Should Take 1, 2 More Fights - Then Get Wilder CompuBox: Inside The Numbers - Stevenson-Jack, Russell-Diaz Josh Taylor Confident He'll Beat Postol, Secure Jose Ramirez Shot News: Antonio Tarver, Steele Beats Upsher, Charlotte Results Weekend Review: Stevenson vs. Jack Excites, Warrington Too Carl Frampton Welcomes Josh Warrington Showdown Jack: Stevenson Would've Gone Down if I Had 5, 10 More Seconds Mayweather: Judges Must Score More Than 30 Seconds of Rounds Joe Joyce To Return on June 15 at York Hall Lee Selby Eyes Weight Move To 130 After Losing IBF World Title Josh Warrington In Pole Position To Land Frampton Showdown Joshua: I'll Rain Down Hell on Wilder, F*** Him Up Real Bad Nico Hernandez Continues To Win Big With First Round Stoppage
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement