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DeGale Attitude Has Fans Backing Groves
'Loud Mouth' DeGale losing fans ahead of grudge fight
Posted May 17, 2011 by Chris White
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Commonwealth Champion George Groves has vowed to prove that Olympic Champion James DeGale is nothing more than a “boy in a man’s game”, in this weekend’s British super-middleweight title bout.
The two fighters, who trained at the same London gym as amateurs, have fought once before, with Groves coming out on top in 2006 en route to securing two ABA titles, but it was DeGale who has chosen to represent Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing games.
The fight, which takes place on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, is Groves’ 13th as a professional, having won 10, and the 23-year old has said “People are just so excited about this fight, it's a grudge match, a massive rivalry between Londoners. I've got people I don't know coming up to me and saying how they want me to shut James DeGale up. There are even people saying 'I fancy DeGale to win, but I hope you knock him out,' which at least is honest.
Groves is being trained for this fight by Adam Booth, who also manages David Haye, but DeGale has said that he is unconcerned by Booth being in Groves’ corner. “It will make victory even sweeter, because I don’t like David Haye either.”
No wonder people want Groves to shut DeGale up. You don’t have to like people, but show some respect, he’s a world Champion!
DeGale is unbeaten in his 10 fights since turning professional after the Beijing Olympics, and won the British title with a stoppage against Paul Smith last year.
Britain have a history of Olympic boxing Champions – in Audley Harrison and DeGale – and neither have won many fans since their professional debuts. David Haye recently embarrassed Harrison, and DeGale might need the same reality check from Groves.