Groves gunning for Contreras

Londoner braced for Las Vegas date

Last Updated: 26/07/10 1:28pm

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Groves gunning for Contreras

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Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves is hoping some jovial support from David Haye will inspire him to victory when he makes his American debut later this month.

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"He'll just be cracking jokes. I know David, he'll just try and wind me up and have fun throughout the fight, it won't bother him in the slightest that my career's on the line."
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The Londoner is preparing to face Mexican Alfredo Contreras in Las Vegas on July 31.

The bout, which is on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez's double world-title rematch with Juan Diaz, will mark Groves' long-awaited debut across the pond after he has twice been thwarted through unfortunate circumstances.

Groves was initially due to make his Stateside bow on the Shane Mosley-Andre Berto bill in January, only for the tragic Haiti earthquake to cancel the card.

Tough test

An appearance on the Floyd Mayweather-Mosley card at the start of May was then scheduled, but his plans were scuppered by the volcanic ash cloud.

"January was supposed to be my first time out there for Mosely-Berto which obviously got cancelled with the chaos that happened in Haiti," Groves told Sky Sports.

"Then on May 1st I was supposed to be out there on (Floyd) Mayweather's undercard but same again, problems with the volcano set me back.

"This time, as long as there's no natural disasters I'll be on my way."

Unbeaten in nine fights, Groves is expecting a tough test from agile Mexican Contreras.

He added: "These guys know how to fight. They fight all the time, their journeymen are better than a lot of our champions so I'm expecting a tough, hard fight.

"He's a typical Mexican fighter who's going to come forward, be all-action, and it's all about how I deal with that."


Groves belongs to the same stable as world heavyweight champion and fellow Londoner Haye, who will be in his corner for the bout.

However the 22-year-old revealed that Haye's role will include very little in the way of coaching and talking tactics.

Groves said: "He'll just be cracking jokes. I know David, he'll just try and wind me up and have fun throughout the fight, it won't bother him in the slightest that my career's on the line. I'm kind of looking forward to that."

Groves has also spoke of his excitement at agreeing a potential fight with old amateur foe and Olympic champion James DeGale.

"He can live off his goal medal, he can sleep with it and tell everybody how good he is but that's amateur bowling, this is professional boxing," said Groves.

"100 per cent it will happen one day. I don't care whether it happens next month, next year, two years time, I'll fight him any time."

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