George Groves expects James DeGale to win the world title by beating Andre Dirrell
Bitter rival wishes him luck and is ready for a rematch
Last Updated: 20/05/15 2:55pm
George Groves is backing bitter rival James DeGale to bring a world title back to Britain.
The Hammersmith super-middleweight knows the man from a few miles away in Harlesden will not only pip him to boxing's biggest prize, but also make history if he beats Andre Dirrell, live on Sky Sports 1, from 8.00pm on Saturday.
Groves has failed in two attempts to become a world champion, losing twice to Carl Froch whose old IBF belt is on the line in Boston.
He has however beaten DeGale as an amateur and again as a professional back in May 2011, and their feud has not diminished in the slightest.
DeGale labelled Groves "deluded" when they appeared together on Ringside ahead of the Nathan Cleverly v Tony Bellew rematch last year, while their families clashed behind the scenes at the weigh-in a day before they fought on the same Liverpool bill.
Yet Groves not only thinks his arch rival can beat Dirrell - who he sparred with in Miami a few years ago - and become a world champion, but even wishes him luck.
"He's in with a chance, a real good chance," Groves told Sky Sports.
We will see if he can step up to the mark and perform - and I wish him the very best of luck
"We will see if he can step up to the mark and perform - and I wish him the very best of luck.
"I think he can do it. He can do it. If he goes out there and performs, if he's up for it. I don't think he'll get a stoppage but a points win wouldn't surprise me."
Groves is also more than happy to have a rematch with DeGale and believes it could be bigger than his second showdown with Froch.
He will be challenging newly-crowned WBC champion Badou Jack within the next three months which, if DeGale wins the vacant IBF strap, could leave them both holding world titles.
But either way, Groves knows a rematch is on the cards, as long as the timing suits him.
"I'll have it in a heartbeat," he said.
"Some people question it. Some people ask when I am going to fight him, but because people snap their fingers and tell me to fight on such-and-such a date, you're going to earn this much money, these are the terms and conditions, and I am supposed to sign my life away?
"When they were first talking about the rematch with James, it was going to be back at the O2 within a short span of time and I don't need to fulfil other people's dates because they've booked venues.
"When that comes around, it it's marketed right, if it's billed right and if the timing is right, it will be as big as my fight with Froch at Wembley last year because of the history between us."
Watch DeGale v Dirrell live on Sky Sports 1, from 8.00pm on Saturday night.