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Groves: Hearn was selling programs at the darts when I was Commonwealth champion!

Phil Jay 11/02/2015

Lawrence Lustig

George Groves has blasted another tirade in the direction of Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn by airing more of his less-than-pleasant views about the promoter of his old rival James DeGale.

The outspoken ‘Saint’ has already sabotaged DeGale’s April 25th fight announcement on the eve of the scheduled press conference and has now added more fuel to the fire by questioning Hearn’s spell in the sport after he took over the boxing side of the business from his father.

“So Eddie Hearn continues his waffle,” stated Groves via his sportlobster.com account.

“Firstly admirable Carl gives up his world title for ‘stablemate’ James because he likes him. I thought that was so you have a worthwhile fight for your O2 arena show, (but) in fact I heard JDG doesn’t have a contract with you?

“Stop talking my business! Or at least if you do get it right! Get daddy to (make) me a sensible offer. And you owned me with your tweet? I’ve been in boxing longer than you. When I won my Commonwealth title you was still selling programs at the darts,” he added.

For someone who earned a tidy sum under Hearn’s banner when fighting Carl Froch twice in the past fifteen months, Groves is not going quietly into the night after spurning an offer to face DeGale on the April 25 date in question.

Two-time world title challenger Groves, 26 defeated DeGale via a wafer-thin decision in London back in 2011, although the Londoner himself wants to wait until either are a world champion before committing to a second fight with the Olympic gold medallist.

A stadium encounter at his beloved Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground, rather than at the O2 Arena, is also preferred by Groves for any DeGale return as the WBC mandatory challenger’s handlers Sauerland attempt to work out the details of his stipulated shot at American Anthony Dirrell.

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