Trainer & Pundit
Groves v Douglin: George Groves has not reached his level yet, says Jamie Mooore
The Saint is rebuilding and we will see him get better
Last Updated: 19/11/14 6:57pm
George Groves lost twice to Carl Froch but don't think he has reached his level just yet, says Jamie Moore...
Boxing is all about being in the right place at the right time and George Groves has done just that.
He talked himself into two fights with Carl Froch and although he came up short in both fights, he performed brilliantly and showed us he is world class.
I am sure some people think those Froch fights are as good as Groves is going to get but I am sure there is more to come. That European title win got him right back on track.
The comeback against Christopher Rebrasse was a good, solid and at times spectacular performance and now I'm looking forward to seeing him develop even further.
The experience of topping the bill outdoors at Wembley has no doubt built up his confidence and I want to see how he fares against the other top super-middleweights in the world.
I am sure some people think those Froch fights are as good as Groves is going to get but I am equally sure there is more to come. That European title win got him right back on track.
It can be difficult to look good against Carl, especially if you are a dynamic, explosive fighter like Groves. At the same time, Froch can look a little laboured, so there is a chance Groves might have flattered in defeat. What I am trying to say is as good as he was against Carl, that was by no means his best.
I want to see how he goes against someone else up there, especially James DeGale, because out of the two he might well have improved more. That will be another perfect gauge as to where Groves is at.
That's for down the line but the first thing I know we are going to get from Groves and Denis Douglin is an entertaining fight. When I was growing up I loved boxers like Nigel Benn and those who brought excitement and a bit of razzamatazz. And that is exactly what George Groves does.
Yes, he talks a good fight, but he is always in a good fight. He has never been in a bad one. Win or lose people are going to love watching him and we really should appreciate Groves because we know he is going to go in there and put everything on the line.
I've heard Douglin is called 'Mama's Boy' because his mum is actually his trainer and that is crazy. That is going be a sight to behold, which just goes to show when George Groves gets in the ring, you know it's worth watching.
Watch Groves v Douglin live and exclusive as part of Cleverly v Bellew II, on Sky Sports Box Office on November 22, with Joshua, DeGale, Quigg and more, also on the bill. Go to skysports.com/cleverlybellew to book.