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James DeGale and George Groves revealed details of the reasons behind their backstage bust-up during the weigh-ins in Liverpool on Friday afternoon.
Both men took to the scales ahead of their bouts with Marco Antonio Periban and Denis Douglin respectively, with DeGale looking much more impressive on Saturday night at the Echo Arena with his early stoppage of the Mexican while Groves initially struggled against his opponent before stopping him.
Nevertheless, the feuding pair made the headlines on Friday after reports emerged of their altercation backstage although those who witnessed the incident were not keen to disclose details.
However, DeGale revealed after his fight that Groves’ wife had made what he perceived to be rude comments towards his mother, and so the pair were split up as security were forced to step in.
Groves suggested that it was DeGale’s family that had instigated the incident, and although it is uncertain at this stage which side is telling the truth, it only adds to the animosity between the pair with their rivalry stemming back to their amateur days.
While Groves insisted that he looks forward to “hitting him in the face” one day, he will be hoping to move closer to securing a fight with WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell in the early part of 2015 before that happens.
Meanwhile, DeGale labelled IBF title-holder Carl Froch a “coward” after his win over Periban, and he insists that he doesn’t mind if it’s the Cobra or the next in line as he eyes making history by becoming the first British Olympic gold medallist to go on and win a world title.
What is certain though is that if the two British super-middleweights continue to win and secure their world titles, a second professional bout between them is inevitable and there could well be another historic night at Wembley next summer.