Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Groves Won't Give Up on Becoming a World-Beater

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Groves Won't Give Up on Becoming a World-Beater

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Byline: John Dillon

Grove corne M ing f t w jud MORE than a year on, and with another three fights under his belt, George Groves still recalls glancing from his corner towards his family ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and feeling a familiar sense of devastation. For the third time, he had challenged for a world title and, as he waited for the judges' verdicts on his battle with Badou Jack he believed he had done enough to finally secure his prize.

enoug c re expres wo sp give questi But concern was etched on the faces of his relatives, who were near to the judges in September last year. "I remember how they looked, their expressions," said Groves. "I could see the worry. I thought I had won but I lost on a split decision and that hurt. It is the worst feeling to lose a world title fight. "I've known it three times now and it gives you bad times. It makes you question yourself about what you are really doing and I guess it makes other people wonder, too. "But I've overcome that feeling three times, too, and I am ready to battle on to achieve what I believe is my destiny and get a world belt. It would negate all the effort I've put in if I didn't pursue the dream."

come o de wo woul ef d dr Grov o c sup Pain game: Groves " Groves, 28, whose two other world title clashes were the super-middleweight defeats by Carl Froch, meets German former European light-heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht, 34, at Wembley Arena tonight as he plots a route to what he hopes will be a fourth world title attempt.

l AThe fight is live on Channel 5 and Groves hopes his first appearance before the big audiences of terrestrial TV will help force his way back to major public attention. He teamed up with a new trainer, Shane McGuigan, after the Jack defeat and together they have engineered three straight wins to prompt Groves to raise hopes he can fight next year for the vacant WBA super-middleweight crown.

McGuigan, son of Barry, is also overseeing the careers of former heavyweight world champion David Haye and Northern Ireland featherweight champion Carl Frampton.

After a session at a gym underneath a railway arch close to Groves' birthplace in Hammersmith, he added: "You need different things at different times and Shane has helped me develop and improve so much. …

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