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Groves ignores DeGale, targets Carl Froch

ESPN staff
May 22, 2011

George Groves has one eye on Carl Froch after he defeated James DeGale for a second time on Saturday night.

Groves snatched a tight decision for the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles, and he is now looking for a world crown. DeGale's promoter Frank Warren is desperate to create a rematch, but Groves insisted: "It's my ambition to become a world champion."

Froch is currently preparing for Glen Johnson in the semi-finals of the Super Six tournament, scheduled for June 4. Victory would then see him advance to the final, where Froch would once again put his WBC belt on the line.

Once that series is over Groves is keen to hold the Nottingham-born fighter to his promise to challenging for his title in 2012.

"Carl Froch came out recently and he said after he's finished with the Super Six, he'll happily fight the winner of us two," Groves told Sky Sports News. "So that could be a big fight for the British public in 18 months' time."

As for Warren's calls for a rematch, based on the promoter's view that DeGale won the fight, Groves laughed at the suggestion.

"I've beaten him twice now. He said the first one [at amateur level] didn't mean anything and that it was all about this fight, but I schooled him again. The scorecards were tight, but I only let him in at the end. Frank Warren is deluded.

"I'm moving onto bigger and better things. He's a fighter with no titles, I've got two titles. We might meet again in the future, but I'm not fussed. If I beat him again, it would be the end to James DeGale. At this moment, he has a chance to go back and rebuild."

Groves finished the 12-round bout with significantly more cuts, but he is adamant none were caused by DeGale's hands. And he feels confident that he proved who is the better boxer.

"We had a gameplan to go in there and outbox James, outthink James, and we knew he'd be out of ideas pretty soon. And he was, he was clueless, he resorted to just ploughing forward in the end.

"It was down to me to throw away the fight, I knew if I kept the gameplan together I was always going to win. Once the body shots started landing, he didn't want to let anything go.

"Every one of my cuts was down to a clash of heads, and I remember thinking,' What are the rules? Does it go to the scorecards, do I get stopped?' The referee had a look and said, 'Please, I'm fine'. He knew I was fine. It always make for good viewing when plenty of claret is flying about."

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