George Groves upbeat over fourth world title tilt ahead of Andrea Di Luisa bout
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 26/01/16 3:31pm
George Groves is full of optimism as he looks to start another journey to a world title bout by beating Andrea Di Luisa on Saturday.
Following his agonising split decision defeat to WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack, 'The Saint' returns to action at the Copper Box Arena in his hometown of London, live on Sky Sports 1.
The defeat was Groves' third failure to strap on a world title, adding to the infamous back-to-back bouts with Carl Froch - but far from being downcast, the 27-year-old is enthusiastic over his future under newly-appointed trainer Shane McGuigan.
Groves told Sky Sports News HQ: "If you look at the champions out there now, you've got WBO Arthur Abraham who I share a promoter with, while both WBA champions are based in Germany and working with my promoter. The DeGale fight is there for both of us when it makes sense. I lost a split decision to Jack and kept my ranking.
I can't fail next time. I've come really close and a few things weren't quite right in the last fight, in the last period of my career.
"The doors are pretty open for me, whichever route we decide to choose. We just want to fight for a world title. All I've got to do is go out and win, build the rankings up and see which opportunities present themselves. I can't give away too much because there'll be people listening!
"I wouldn't bank on getting anything on my terms. Sometimes, even though I've come close, I relish being the away fighter, so to speak.
"I can't fail next time. I've come really close and a few things weren't quite right in the last fight, in the last period of my career."
McGuigan's appointment is not the first time Groves has changed trainers - he parted company with Adam Booth in the lead-up to the first Froch bout and hired Paddy Fitzpatrick.
Of his latest change, Groves said: "I feel I've made a change for the good. I feel Shane McGuigan is a great coach and an intelligent guy. He's producing and I feel with a few more wins, we'll be back on our way and challenging again.
"First and foremost, Adam is a very good coach, extremely good in the corner. The relationship just deteriorated over the years and we went our separate ways. I wouldn't have any faith or trust in him to give me the right advice now, whether he was capable of it or not.
"On the other side of it, I'm now working with Shane who I feel is along the lines of one of those great coaches who can give you clear and concise instructions at the right time.
"It's all very well having the knowledge but it's getting it across to your fighter when he needs it most. The stuff he says in the gym, I understand it. It works for me and it's simple.
"You can't do it all alone. It's down to the 1% and 2% at world level. It's about how you prepare and the team around you. Shane's the right man for the job."
Groves famously beat DeGale in their grudge match back in May 2011, edging a majority decision for the British and Commonwealth titles at The O2.