WBC super middleweight title challenger George Groves has admitted that his career may never hit the same heights as fighting Carl Froch at Wembley stadium as the Londoner prepares to challenge Badou Jack this weekend in Las Vegas.
The 27 year-old hopes to win a world title at the third attempt having lost to Froch twice in the space of six months, but says he has learned a lot from being a part of such a massive event in his homeland.
“Well, in the second fight (with Froch) I was certainly not going to leave my skin exposed. I learned that,” said Groves,
“(Since then) My trainer and I are very much more familiar with each other. Happy to get the best out of each other. I’m in a good place. Nothing’s really needing to change. This is where they talk about experience. You don’t really know what experience you have until you can apply it.
“I boxed Carl Froch in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium. I’ve dealt with a height of boxing and what some people see as the low end of boxing. If you’d asked me am I going to sell out Wembley Arena as a kid, I’d be excited. But after selling out Wembley Stadium, it doesn’t have quite the same tone.”
Asked whether he believes fighting on Floyd Mayweather’s final fight undercard is on par with selling out Wembley, Groves replied: “Magnitude, no. Of course not. No disrespect to Floyd. No disrespect to Mayweather Promotions. Even Floyd would say that it’s not his biggest fight.
“(But even) So, Badou’s a big fight. It’s a fight for me, fighting for the world title whether undercard or not, in Las Vegas is what people all around the world dream of.
“It’s exciting for me. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve experienced a lot. I’ve been able to take part in a lot of boxing. We hope many more from the future. But, yes. From now on in I’m just going to play this one down. This is just a fight,” he added.