Exclusive: Ryan Rhodes backs ex-stablemate George Groves for world title victory

Joe Hewlett 27/05/2017

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George Groves will be the chief support for Kell Brook and Errol Spence’s crunch fight for the IBF title at Bramall Lane.

The Londoner will be hoping it’s fourth time lucky as he takes on Fedor Chudinov for the WBA ‘super’ super-middleweight world title.

One person who expects Groves to do the business is former campmate Ryan Rhodes.

“George is a great servant to boxing and it’s his fourth world title fight. I had the same and was unlucky not to win one but George is a great talent and has been in some massive fights against Carl Froch and fighting in America. Now he’s got the fight in the UK against Chudinov and it’s a fight that he can win. He will be favourite for the title,” Rhodes exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I believe he will do it and if so, it can set up a rematch with James De Gale which would be great.

George will be aware of Chudinov’s strength and power but with his work rate and quality I can’t see how he doesn’t win.”

Rhodes knows the Saint very well from his former days as a professional. The pair were both promoted by Hayemaker and shared training camps together, with Rhodes experiencing the power behind the 29-year-old’s punches.

“I really like Groves, we were in the same camp together when he turned pro and signed with Hayemaker. We both used to go to David Haye’s gym in the North of Cyprus and were out there training two or three times a year. I’ve have sparred him, it was about five or six years ago so it was a long time ago but he has a great jab.”

The former European champion was also complimentary about Shane McGuigan. The 40-year-old believes the trainer has revigorated the fighter.

“He seems to have combined very well with Shane McGuigan as he has been getting behind his jab again in recent fights.

“Shane’s a brilliant trainer and it’s good to see him getting the best out of him again. I see George winning and when he does, it’ll be a great feeling for him,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95