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Groves: This is a Risky Fight, But The Right Decision

George Groves is determined to keep himself on course to become the "complete fighter" with a demolition of Denis Douglin in Liverpool on Saturday.

The 26-year-old super-middleweight - who holds the WBC mandatory challenger position with Anthony Dirrell before the end of March 2015 - has elected to take on the southpaw American, who was trained by his mother Saphya, as part of the undercard to the Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly rematch at the Echo Arena, which also includes Anthony Joshua and rival James DeGale.

European champion Groves intends to consign disappointment of defeat against Carl Froch in their own multi-million rematch showdown at a packed Wembley Stadium earlier this year firmly to the history books as the Londoner aims to write a new chapter in his career.

"It is obviously a risky fight, because if I lose, I lose my mandatory position, but at the same time, it is the right decision," said Groves, who hopes to one day get a third crack at WBA and IBF champion Froch, as well as a showdown with DeGale.

"I want to keep busy, I had a big fight against Carl Froch, it did not go my way, and with all of the build up and effort which went into that fight, I did not get enough out of it to justify the prep.

"I then had 12 hard rounds against (Christopher) Rebrasse and wanted to be out again before Christmas, so this is the perfect time."

Groves believes he has not stood still since his Wembley disappointment in May, when he was knocked out in the eighth round, and holds big ambitions on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Something which has been installed in me for a long time now, is just to think about yourself, not what your opponent is doing," said Groves, now fighting under the Sauerland banner.

"I take that mentality from the gym into the ring.

"It is not about taking your eye off the ball because you lost in May, or that you might be in a bigger fight next year, I just want to go out and perform, to keep the momentum going and keep the show going for the fans.

"To do that, you have to be fully focused with a mindset and direction, that is what I have got at the moment, and I know there are massive fights out there for me."

Groves added: "I always try to be a realist in every situation, both in and out of the ring, what my situation is, what my value is, who will be the right opponent.

"I always want to improve as a fighter, I want to be a complete fighter, although I don't think I or anyone ever will be.

"I want to get as close to that as humanly possible, so you have to look at your mistakes as well as what you are doing well, try to understand them and improve on them.

"I know where I have gone wrong in the past, so I will look to improve in those areas, that is the best way to be.

"You only get one chance, life is not a dress rehearsal, so let's make the most of it and do it right first time."

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on November 22 with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill. www.skysports.com/cleverlybellew

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

It is [B]always[/B] risky to take an optional tuneup before a guaranteed title shot, guys. Always.

Comment by MMegatron on 11-20-2014

he's an alright boxer, but he's childish and deluded, thats his issue

Comment by jacksonrr on 11-20-2014

[QUOTE=Crazylegs77;15115785]I think mentally there is something off with Groves. Anyone else ever get that impression?[/QUOTE] I thought that too. Its like before Froch 2 he said everything and believed it. Now hes still talking the talk but its like hes…

Comment by MrTambourineMan on 11-20-2014

Is that Verstyle - same man whom lost to Marc Adkins - Groves is facing?

Comment by D-MiZe on 11-20-2014

He's saying it's risky because if he loses, it f[COLOR="Black"]u[/COLOR]cks up his mandatory shot. I don't think he's trying to play Douglin up but at least he's not completely overlooking him, regardless of his record. I don't want to see…

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