‘Saint George’ Groves, who earlier this year won the WBA (Super) Super Middleweight world championship by scoring a dramatic 6th round TKO of Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane in May of this year, Groves will step in the ring on Saturday night to make the first defence of that title against Jamie Cox .
Groves appeared in bullish form, as he spoke to www.boxingscene.com about his first taste of the World Boxing Super Series with his upcoming quarter-final bout. “There is no room for mistakes, there’s no ‘I’ll come again’, it’s all nothing now. But I’ll be damned if I have anything other than a clear victory, or a knockout victory.” Groves was emphatic when discussing his plans for Saturday night and seems to be revelling in his long sought-after role as champion.
With Groves intent on making a big statement at the weekend, he stressed the need to perform and turn in one of his finest displays as it will, in turn, keep him motivated and stand his career in good stead “I’m not ready for the lull after winning a world title. You’ve got to win, win well, and win comfortably to preserve yourself. That is keeping me highly-motivated.”
Groves who also was ranked the tournament’s number one seed by tournament organisers also voiced a profound warning to any potential rival in the tournament. Groves stated he felt this tournament has come at the “perfect time” and going on to say “I am the best fighter in it. I am the best in-form fighter in it. I don’t need a fight to shake off some rust, I am good to go,” Groves will look up to set up an all British clash against a longtime rival who awaits at the tournament’s semi-final stage, Chris Eubank Jr.