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2019

Could James DeGale victory end George Groves’ World Boxing Super Series final ambitions?

Groves v DeGale II 09/04/2018

James DeGale is back in the reckoning in the super-middleweight division after hitting the road once again to regain his IBF belt from Caleb Truax at the weekend.

Since then, DeGale’s thoughts have quickly switched to landing a massive unification rematch with old foe and arch-rival George Groves.

Nobody could argue it’s the money fight for both men, despite Groves currently having one foot in the World Boxing Super Series Final.

Groves suffered an injury in defeating Chris Eubank Jr. last February which scuppered plans to stage both the 168 and cruiserweight showpieces in the spring.

The 200 pound version featuring Alexsandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev was due to take place on May 11 in Jeddah, although that plan is now firmly out of the window as event organizers Comosa AG try to find a compromise all around.

Groves may not be ready until August or September if some reports are to be believed, leaving Usyk, Gassiev and scheduled opponent Callum Smith stuck with their respective careers on pause.

That’s where DeGale could come in as Groves may well be content to step aside and drop out of the WBSS in order to agree a unification with ‘Chunky’ in October or November.

The two-belt grudge return could be even more lucrative if DeGale and Groves can get Sky Sports involved through their paid platform, provided Comosa are happy with a replacement for Groves.

Chris Eubank Jr. would be the obvious choice and keep UK interests in the WBSS, even with the manner of his defeat to Groves.

Junior would have a redemption chance of his own against Smith but would surely have to convince Comosa after a sub-par performance when going out to Groves in the Semi-Final stages.

Comosa could then plow on with planning the end of a long-winded first event ahead of an imminent announcement regarding their next round of fixtures – which should take place in July as they did last year.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay

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