Former world champion George Groves has named his dream opponent if he could go back to his peak and make one fight.
During his 32 fight career, Groves faced the likes of Badou Jack, James DeGale, Callum Smith and of course old foe turned friend Carl Froch.
But ‘Saint George’ recently revealed on his podcast – the George Groves Boxing Club – that undefeated hall of famer Andre Ward is the one man he wishes he could have fought.
“I would like to have a run out against Andre Ward. He was the best fighter in my weight of my era.”
“I beat DeGale, lost to Froch, got beat by Jack, beat Eubank. If I could say I had a win against Ward, then all of a sudden I’d be spoken about at Calzaghe’s level.”
“Not that that’s the reason you fight in boxing, to get that sort of status. But Ward would have been a great fight.”
Groves’ one time nemesis Froch had a shot at Ward back in 2011, but was outpointed by the skilful American at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as part of the memorable 168lbs super six tournament.
Having never tasted defeat as a professional, ‘SOG’ has often teased fans with talk of a comeback and has been repeatedly linked to a mega fight with current super middleweight king Canelo Alvarez.
With Groves and Ward still both in their thirties, a contest between the pair even in 2023 would no doubt still make for compelling viewing.
However, both men seem fairly content in their punditry work; Groves can be regularly found working on shows across the UK and Ward is a staple of ESPN’s broadcast team for fights in the United States.