George Groves has his sights set on becoming the WBC Champion by defeating Anthony Dirrell, rather than a domestic rematch with arch-rival James DeGale, he revealed in an interview with the Kilburn and Brent Times.
DeGale is the mandatory challenger for Carl Froch’s IBF world title, but it is believed Froch has no interest in fighting the Harlesden boxer, despite his dreams of a Las Vegas showdown with Julio Chaves Jr looking unlikely to materialise.
Froch to retire?
A press conference has been arranged for tomorrow, where many expect Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn to announce Froch’s retirement, meaning DeGale will fight the next in line for the IBF title at the O2 Arena on Saturday April 25; Andre Dirrell, brother of Anthony.
Groves said: “I really want to win the WBC belt so Anthony Dirrell is the focus. We are preparing for a fight. We don’t know who it will be against yet, but we are quietly confident it will be against Dirrell.”
"I really want to win the WBC belt so Anthony Dirrell is the focus. We are preparing for a fight. We don’t know who it will be against yet, but we are quietly confident it will be against Dirrell"
Thoughts on DeGale
Groves also had an opinion on the fate of his rival DeGale, saying: “DeGale wants a big fight. Hearn has Carl Froch and he has James Degale.
“DeGale is mandatory for the IBF so that is a pretty logical fight. It’s a big fight, something I’m sure Sky would be interested in. If Carl doesn’t want that fight, Eddie is in a difficult position.”
Groves edged a controversial points victory against DeGale back in 2011 and Groves feels it would best to contest a rematch when both men are world champions.
Groves said: “I’ve beat DeGale already and I think that fight is always going to be there. There is no rush for it.”
Ironically, the bitter Dale Youth rivals will be teaming up to try and dethrone the Dirrell brothers to set up a huge world title unification bout between themselves.