George Groves has claimed that any negotiations for a possible domestic match with James DeGale will be even more difficult than before due to his rival’s drop in value.
The 29-year-old recently defeated Chris Eubank Jr in convincing fashion to reach the final of the World Boxing Super Series and awaits the winner of the other semi-final clash between British compatriot Callum Smith and late replacement Nieky Holzken in Nuremberg.
Once the tournament concludes, the WBA ‘super’ and IBO champion could also have the option to fight an old rival in the form of DeGale but has hinted that the man from West London could well be offered unfavourable terms.
DeGale suffered a shock defeat to Caleb Truax in December but could have an opportunity to reclaim the IBF belt in a rematch later this year.
Even if he is able to right the wrongs of last time out, Groves is doubtful an agreement can be reached.
“DeGale will always be a good opponent, but as it stands right now, obviously after his last performance his value has diminished significantly,” Groves told Sky Sports.
“Even if he regains the IBF title, and does it behind closed doors in the States somewhere against a guy he should have beaten anyway in the first place, it’s going to make negotiations difficult.
“But that fight, I’m sure he will be craving it. It will always be a good fight for me, so we will have to wait and see.”
Despite being close to turning 30 next month, Groves is experiencing the best spell of his career after working with Shane McGuigan and believes he can continue for years to come.
He added: “I’m at the top of my game really I think, in terms of preparation, but also I’m going to need the opposition to maintain it.”
“As long as the opposition is there, I can keep going on for a long time.
“I’ve got one more fight left in this tournament, and then what’s next? I think we’re in the bucket list territory where, who do I want to fight? Who is going to get me up?”