James DeGale vs. George Groves

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James DeGale 168 lbs lost to George Groves 168 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12

  • Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Middleweight Title (2nd defense of Groves)
  • BBBofC British Super Middleweight Title (2nd defense of DeGale)


Nathan Cleverly, James DeGale vs. George Groves (poster).jpg

Close fight where some observers had DeGale Winning. It was a tactical affair where Groves used his movement to avoid Degale's punches and looked to counter of the back foot

Frank Warren (DeGale's promoter) called for an immediate rematch. "The general consensus seems to be that James won the fight, so they should order a rematch," said Warren. "I don't think George's team will be interested, but there's no-one else for him. It should happen straight away.

"One way or another that fight will happen again. If it doesn't happen, George Groves should be ashamed of himself. I haven't found one person who thought George won that fight and I'm sure he's got a lot of pride and he wouldn't want it to be like that. I'm sure he wants his victory to be an emphatic one."

George Groves dismissed rematch talks. "How many times do I have to beat this man?" asked the champion. "After this fight I'll go on to bigger and better things. He has no titles, he's just come off a loss, I'm pretty sure I can find a better opponent than James DeGale.

"I've always said, once I've finished with James DeGale I've cleared up the domestic scene and I'm looking at bigger and better things. Possibly I can see it happening a few years down the line, when we've both got different versions of the world title. He's got a good promoter, I'm sure he can get there, he'll just have to take a different route from me. I'm taking a more direct one."

James DeGale questioned the decision. "How can a challenger nick a fight on the back foot like that?" said DeGale. "I thought I hit him with the cleaner shots, I hurt him in the ninth round, and the last four rounds I won easy. He can't be proud of that win. He beat me, but he nicked it. I want a rematch as soon as, but we'll have to see what Frank and the Board do."

Jim Watt, ringside Sky Commentator, had it 115-114 for DeGale.

Preceded by:
Groves vs. Anderson
Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title Fight
# 33
Succeeded by:
Groves vs. Smith