Groves' plan pays off

DeGale out-boxed and outthought, says grudge match winner

Last Updated: 22/05/11 3:46pm

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New British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves says he made James DeGale "run out of ideas" in their grudge match on Saturday night.

Groves earned a narrow majority decision victory after a closely-fought contest with the Olympic gold medallist at the O2 Arena in London.

The 23-year-old put in a more measured display than many expected, often tagging DeGale from distance rather than try and draw him into toe-to-toe exchanges.

And despite the tight scorecards - with one judge calling it even and the other two favouring Groves by a point - the Londoner was always confident of victory.

"We had a gameplan to go in there and outbox James and outthink James," he told Sky Sports News.

"And I knew that he'd run out of ideas pretty soon, and he did. He was clueless. He resorted to just ploughing forward in the end and it was almost down to me to throw it away.

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"I knew that he'd run out of ideas pretty soon, and he did. He was clueless. "
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"I knew that before the first bell went - as long as I kept my gameplan together, I was always going to win."

DeGale's promoter Frank Warren led the calls for a rematch after the bout, believing that his fighter did enough to be awarded the decision.

Groves is sure he will fight his bitter rival again at some point, but in the short term is looking to move on with his career.

He added: "There was always going to be a rematch. I've beaten him twice now, I've beaten him as an amateur and he said, 'It doesn't mean anything, it's all about this fight'.

"But I went out there and I schooled him again. The scorecards were tight, but I let him into the fight slightly.

"I'm moving on to bigger and better things, no doubt our paths will cross again, they always seem to. But James doesn't offer much at the moment, he's a fighter with no titles, coming off the back of a loss.

"I've got two titles and am looking to build the rest of my career. It might happen in the future but I'm not fussed either way, I'm 2-0."

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