Fighting talk: George Groves only open to James DeGale rematch if world titles are on the line

George Groves is causing a stir about a potential rematch with James DeGale after posts he made on social media earlier today.

The 26-year-old took to Sportslobster to respond to comments from promoter Eddie Hearn who stated DeGale would be favourite if they were to fight again.

The Hammersmith super-middleweight outpointed DeGale in 2011 and insists he would only consider a rematch if the right offer was made.

He wrote: “Wow @EddieHearn can talk some waffle. @jamesdegale1 in a 50/50? 10 steps forward and I’ve took 10 steps back. I haven’t lost a round in my last 2 fights.

“James stopped a fat, out-of-shape dude who showed up with no trainer. When I box, I sell out arenas or stadiums.

“When James boxes, he sells out his soul. I don’t need to bow to you sir Eddie.

“I’m following my path and I’m happy to work hard for it, to gamble with it and to be patient with it. Make me a sensible offer.”

The comments come days after Groves told Sky Sports News he is open to a world title unification fight with DeGale – provided they both actually win world titles.

Groves is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell’s WBC belt while DeGale is the same for Carl Froch’s IBF belt.

Hearn is expected to announce a fight between DeGale and Dirrell’s older brother Andre tomorrow, for the IBF belt which Froch is likely to vacate.

Speaking about DeGale, Groves said: “If, for whatever reason he can’t fight Froch and keeps his mandatory status, he’ll be fighting Andre Dirrell and I’ll fight Anthony Dirrell, his brother.

“That makes for a fantastic night of boxing. It’s glamorous, it sells, it’s winner-takes-all, it’s the semi-finals of the super-middleweight division.

Groves stated that if they were to beat the Dirrell brothers for the world titles, their rematch would be bigger than Groves’ Wembley Stadium clash with Froch last year.

“DeGale is in a tough fight but has a good chance.

“At the same time, if I go out and beat the brother, it sets us up for a super-fight, something that would certainly eclipse what I delivered last year.”

Image courtesy of Sky Sports via YouTube, with thanks

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