Hearn was vocal about his desire to make the fight now…
Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland have discussed why they were unable to make James DeGale vs George Groves 2 possible for April 25.
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Hearn made no secret of his desire to make the fight with the British pair able to meet for the vacant IBF title at the O2 Arena in London.
However, Groves insisted that he wanted a sensible offer and described the idea of facing DeGale at the O2 again as a “step back” in his career after beating his rival there back in 2011 for the British title.
Groves wants the fight to be bigger and to fill out a football stadium, and so he will continue on his path towards the WBC super-middleweight title as the mandatory challenger to Anthony Dirrell and then switch his attention to DeGale in a unification fight provided they both.
The 26-year-old will face a frustrating wait though given that the American has been granted the opportunity to make a voluntary defence first, and so it is unlikely that the ‘Saint’ will get his title shot until later in the year.
Meanwhile, DeGale is expected to face Andre Dirrell in April, but Hearn’s argument is that things will potentially change if his fighter becomes a world champion as he’ll demand more and it makes negotiations with Groves even more difficult.
Essentially, both Brits will now target the Dirrell brothers to win world titles in 2015, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will be able to agree on a rematch for later in the year when talks start again.
Sauerland is adamant that the fight should wait and grow into another spectacle for British boxing, but Hearn is sceptical as to whether the two fighters will be able to agree on terms down the line.