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James Degale Dismisses Rematch With “Joke” George Groves

James Degale had harsh words for a number of his fellow British fighters this week, but he saved the most scathing comments for his old foe George Groves.

The new IBF super-middleweight champion, who is scheduled to defend his title against Lucian Bute on November 28th, slammed Chris Eubank Jr earlier in the week. According to Sky Sports, the Olympic gold medallist called Eubank “a d**khead”, after members of the middleweight’s team claimed that he had “schooled” Degale in sparring. Degale contradicted the claims, suggesting that he had actually “battered” Eubank during the sessions in question.

According to Nick Parkinson of The Daily Star, Degale’s Brit bashing continued later in the week. This time the target of his vitriol was his arch-nemesis and two-time conqueror, George Groves.

He told the reporter that Groves was not someone he was looking at fighting in the near future. “George Groves, honestly, is not in my mind one bit. I can happily retire with a loss on my record to Groves.”

He then tore into Groves with fervent ferocity.

“The guy is just a joke. He’s lost three world title fights and he still thinks he has got my number. Even if he did have my number, I’m happy and humble and I can relax.”

“He doesn’t have a clue. He’s pathetic. He thinks there’s a whisker between us. That’s just nonsense.”

“His best days are gone. I’m worried about him as well. He didn’t look too good in that last fight, did he?”

In another interview with the Daily Mail, Degale wasn’t quite as dismissive of another fight with the man who has beaten him once as an amateur and again as a professional. He told the paper that if the interest was there he would be willing to face “Saint” George once again, but Groves would have to re-establish himself first.

“He’s just lost, he is down man. He needs to relax. Go get a couple of wins. He is not himself. It isn’t a money fight with him. He needs to go get a couple of wins and if you lot want to see it I will fight him.”

Indeed Groves does have some ground to gain. In his last fight he lost a decision to U.S-based Swede Badou Jack in a WBC title fight. That marked his third defeat in five fights, after he lost in two tilts against Carl Froch.

Degale on the other hand has not been beaten since Groves decisioned him back in 2011. Last time out, he went to America and beat the highly regarded Andre Dirrell to scoop a belt. He has also signed with boxing’s most powerful manager, Al Haymon.

For now it seems as though Degale has every right to dismiss Groves, but lets hope George can get his career back on track because a match-up between the pair still has major marquee potential.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.