Groves dismisses weight struggles, predicts Murray stoppage

Sauerland 23/06/2016

Lawrence Lustig

George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) says Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) will not hear the final bell when the British boxers collide on Saturday night in a mouth watering WBA World title final eliminator at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves has been respectful of his opponent in the build up to their super middleweight contest, but at yesterday’s press conference, the ‘Saint’ shared his prediction for the outcome of their hotly anticipated clash.

‘’It’s a must-win fight and a fight I fully plan on winning,’’ he said. ‘’Martin is going to come with his game plan, he is going to try to be smart, he’s going to try and make me miss and hope that I tire so he can drag me into a dogfight in the second half of the fight, but it’s going to be difficult for him because I’m going to be landing big shots and he’s not going to be able to get past the first six-rounds the way he is hoping.

‘’Martin is a good fighter but he’s in with a better fighter, and a naturally bigger and stronger fighter. This fight wont just come down to who wants it more, it will come down to who is the better boxer. It’s not going to be easy, by any stretch of the imagination. I rate Martin and I like the way he fights, but I just don’t think he’s good enough to beat me.

‘’I think I will win and win well. It’s going to be exciting fight and the fans are in for a real treat. I expect Martin to show a lot of heart but my boxing ability will be too much for him. I always say my opponents aren’t going to hear the final bell, and I can’t see anything different on Saturday night.’’

The Hammersmith man also hit back at claims from Murray’s camp that he has been struggling at the weight.

‘’It seems like they are pinning their hopes on the misguided belief that I have issues at the weight and that this will have an effect on my performance and give them an inch into the fight,’’ he said. ‘’When the truth is, I do the weight more than comfortably. I have a very good and solid team around me who make sure of that. I’ve prepared fantastically for this fight and I’m in perfect condition.‘’

Groves and Murray clash on a huge night of boxing at The O2, as Anthony Joshua MBE defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.

Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to the fray, unbeaten Birmingham star Kal Yafai is in action, Olympic bronze medal man Anthony Ogogo continues his comeback from injury, Conor Benn fights for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.