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George Groves has welcomed the possibility of a “super-fight” rematch against bitter rival James DeGale if they both go on and win world titles this year.
Groves has established himself as the mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell’s WBC super-middleweight belt, while DeGale will likely have to face Andre Dirrell if Carl Froch vacates the IBF belt.
As a result, despite the frustrating wait that both fighters have had to endure, they are both likely to get their title shots at some stage this year and Groves has welcomed early talk of a potential rematch with his London rival.
“If, for whatever reason he can’t fight Froch and keeps his mandatory status, he’ll be fighting Andre Dirrell and I’ll fight Anthony Dirrell, his brother,” Groves told Sky Sports.
“That makes for a fantastic night of boxing. It’s glamorous, it sells, it’s winner-takes-all, it’s the semi-finals of the super-middleweight division.
“DeGale is in a tough fight but has a good chance. At the same time, if I go out and beat the brother, it sets us up for a super-fight, something that would certainly eclipse what I delivered last year.”
Groves couldn’t help but have a dig at his long-time rival by insisting that DeGale’s team is looking for a big fight and they see him as that big fight name to go with. In addition, he also offered to give him some advice on how to apply some pressure in the Froch situation and particularly on promoter Eddie Hearn who works with both Froch and DeGale.
Nevertheless, the idea of DeGale and Groves facing the Dirrell brothers and then fighting each other is enough to get any boxing fan excited, but Groves certainly faces a frustrating wait given that Anthony Dirrell has insisted that he doesn’t believe the Brit deserves a title shot after getting stopped twice by Froch.
Meanwhile, DeGale will likely have better luck once it is announced that Froch is vacating his IBF belt as the Nottingham-born fighter will look to re-start talks over a fight in Las Vegas this summer when he recovers from an elbow injury.