By Sean Crose
“I’m now in the U.S. for getting on two months preparing for the fight. So I’m ready to play, very excited and we’re ready for action.”
So said feisty Brit George Groves (21-2) on a conference call to promote his upcoming bout with the skilled and formidable Badu Jack (19-1-1) for the WBC super middleweight strap. The match, which will go down Saturday in Vegas as part of the Mayweather-Berto undercard, is arguably generating more excitement than the main event.
“I don’t forget that it’s an undercard fight so these things tend to slip underneath the radar,” Groves, whose second match with Carl Froch was a legitimate superfight, admitted. “Luckily, everyone is really excited about the card for this show.”
Mayweather Promotions honcho Leonard Ellerbe made it clear that, although Groves has been bested by Froch, no one else has been able to put a check in the London natives loss column.
“This will be his third chance at the 168-pound title,” Ellerbe said. His only losses were at the hands of a great fighter, Carl Froch.”
Stockholm’s Jack was asked about the Froch-Groves fights.
“He’s a very good fighter,” Jack said of Groves. “Carl Froch is also a very good fighter and he came up short. But, things happen in boxing. You get hit with a good shot and that’s it.”
Jack, though, made it clear he feels he’ll be walking into the ring in Vegas on Saturday with an edge.
“I’m a different fighter from Carl Froch,” he said. “I have more hand speed. I’m a very technical fighter, in my opinion. But I’m not taking anything away from Carl Froch. He’s a very great fighter. He’s a legend. But this is a different fight.”
Jack may be a gentleman, but like Groves, he’s a talented fighter. Indeed, Jack brings a sharp disciplined game into the matchup.
“I’m not a trash talker,” claimed Jack. “I don’t get into all that trying to get into your mind and stuff.” Still, the man’s showing up to win on Saturday.
“I’m staying focused on winning the fight,” he continued. “I might seem like a quiet guy or something like that, but come fight night, come in the ring, it’s going to be a different story.”
Groves made it clear he wasn’t underestimating his foe.
“I’ve been away from my family for the last eight weeks,” Groves said. “I’ve sacrificed an awful lot to prepare myself in the best way possible. I haven’t taken this fight lightly at all.”
The fight may be well anticipated amongst fans, but Groves made it clear he feels Jack is being given more of a chance than he should be.
“People will consider it a 50-50 match up,” he said. “We’re going to go in there and show people that they couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re in a great place and we’re just ready to perform.”
After being told that in England, he’s seen as something of a soft opponent for Groves, Jack’s reaction was pure understatement.
“I like it,” he said of the fact he’s being seen as an easy fight. “I like it. I was the underdog before and changed the role as well. We saw what happened in there? It’s less pressure. So I like it.”
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