Super middleweight contender George Groves aims to be back in action before the end of year after taking less than two rounds to stop fellow-Englishman Paul Smith at the weekend.
British and Commonwealth titleholder Groves delivered an explosive display at London’s Wembley Arena while improving his unbeaten record to 14 wins, with 11 knockouts.
As impressive as the right hook which put paid to Smith (31-3, 17 KOs) was, however, the night hardly represented a major workout for the rising talent. Hence, Groves’ desire to have another contest, even if only a ten-round non-title bout, this side of Christmas.
“I’d love to be out again before Christmas, and I think that’s realistic. I’ve had a long hard camp, I’m fit and, obviously, I’m not too worn out from this fight. I’m going to have a week off and then I’ll be back in the gym. It doesn’t have to be a title fight. You know me, I just want to be busy,” said the 23-year-old from Hammersmith, west London.
Trainer Adam Booth, meanwhile, confirmed that Groves, who also had former heavyweight titleholder David Haye in his corner, will not be rushed towards a world title shot.
“There’s a lot of good super middleweights in the world, and a lot of good sparring we can get him,” said Booth. “We have time. The downside is that he is British champion and he has to learn in 12-round title fights. That’s a lot of pressure.
“But we also have the ability to step out and put ten rounders in. That’s what I plan for him to do because it’s all about what gets George to the top – and making sure he’s at the level he needs to be at when he gets there.”
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