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George Groves
England

  • Full name George Groves
  • Nickname The Saint
  • Birth date March 26, 1988
  • Birth place Hammersmith, London
  • Current age 26 years 213 days
  • Height 5 ft 11 in
George Groves shows the scars of sparring
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British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves made the leap from prospect to world-title contender by completing a shock points win over James DeGale in May 2011.

Following a bitter war of words in the weeks leading up to the bout, Groves did his talking in the ring, with trainer Adam Booth masterminding an ingenious strategy.

It was a victory to savour for Groves, whose rivalry with DeGale had raged for years, ever since they learned their trade at the same gym in west London as amateurs.

A couple of months after that victory he signed a three-year deal with promoter Frank Warren - who also looks after DeGale - having previously spent his career under David Haye's wing. In his first fight under Warren, he stopped Paul Smith in the second round.

Groves endured an injury-plagued 2012. He was meant to face WBO champion Robert Stieglitz in 2012, but was forced to pull out, and withdrew from a rematch with former victim Kenny Anderson in August. He did extend his unbeaten record to 16-0 with a 12-round decision over Glen Johnson in December.

Career high: Getting the better of DeGale in front of a sold out O2 Arena in London

Career low: Hitting the floor against Kenny Anderson in November 2010 (Groves went on to win the contest)

Quote: "How many times do I have to beat this guy? Is it best of five?" - a reaction to questions about whether DeGale would be granted an immediate rematch

Trivia: Groves has a series of self-designed tattoos on his left arm, including what looks like a gingerbread man inside a horseshoe

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Mar 23, 2013

The ring referee stops the fight between Baker Barakat and George Groves

Jan 14, 2013

George Groves speaks to media during a press conference

Jul 28, 2012

George Groves knocks out Francisco Sierra

May 26, 2012

George Groves poses ringside

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