A devastated George Groves allowed himself reason to be optimistic about the future less than an hour after falling to a right hand from hell delivered by domestic arch nemesis Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium, insisting he has the skill and will to revitalise his world-title dream in the very near future.
Groves showed composure belying 26 years to more than play his part in British Boxing's biggest night as 80,000 fans watched on at the national stadium, but with the fight up for grabs got caught by a thunderous shot that ended a classic of styles in the 8th round.
Froch got the credit he deserved from the Londoner in an aftermath that showed exactly why the two men involved in a six-month war of words bookended by two fantastic fight deserve enormous praise, before Groves allowed himself to briefly look ahead to rebuilding under the guidance of trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick and Sauerland promotions.
"I'm absolutely gutted, I was boxing well and got caught with a shot,” Groves told GiveMeSport at the post-fight press conference.
“That’s boxing. Fair play to Carl Froch. He got the job done on the night. I’m still 26 years old and I just boxed in front of 80,000 fans. I didn’t get the result I wanted but I was boxing well and I’m sure I’m going to have a long and successful career ahead of me.
“I have complete conviction in my coach. I’ve just begun a relationship with Kalle and Sauerland promotions. I know these guys will help me achieve everything I want to achieve in boxing. So we go back to the drawing board."
There are options aplenty for Groves to find redemption and world honours, with the single-minded Hammersmith native now one of boxing's hottest properties even in defeat after a whirlwind year that has catapulted him to wider mainstream praise and acclaim.
Groves is all too aware of the fickle nature of the sport, a fact born by the ridiculous boos champion and challenger received from some quarters from entrance to exit at Wembley, but has the drive and determination to rebound quickly.
The winner of September's much-mooted showdown between WBO champion Arthur Abraham and former foe Paul Smith looks a very attractive proposition, while Sauerland-promoted Mikkel Kessler, WBC king Sakio Bika or even long-time enemy James DeGale are all potential future opponents.
Groves will no doing some serious soul-searching in the days and weeks to come, but once the dust settles on a crushing defeat a period of sustained reflection should make way for a plan to become world champion 2014, a goal very much still within this self-assured young star's grasp.
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