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DeGale-Groves date and venue almost finalised


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The date and venue for the super-middleweight grudge match between British champion James DeGale and Commonwealth belt holder George Groves could be announced soon, according to Hayemaker supremo David Coldwell.


The bout is one of the most eagerly awaited clashes between two British fighters of recent times and has extra edge with the fact that 22 year-old Groves beat DeGale, 25, in the amateurs, with DeGale eventually going on to claim a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.


Both fighters have thrown insults at each other ever since, with "Saint" Groves calling DeGale "Overrated" and "Chunky" retaliating by calling Groves an "Ugly ginger kid." It all makes for an explosive fight which should take place at the beginning of April.


David Coldwell, who also trains and manages fighters himself, including Ryan Rhodes and John Watson, bid £400,000 to stage the fight, which is a British title fight record and announced on his Twitter page that the date and venue could be made public soon. WBN will release the details as soon as we get them.






British super-middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale may be forced to vacate his title by the British Boxing Board of Control if he and mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves don’t agree to a domestic grudge match before April 11th.


The 25 year-old Londoner has been linked to a March 19th world title fight against Dmitriy Sartisan, but may want to take care of the unfinished business he has with Groves, who defeated DeGale in the Amateurs and there has been bad blood between them since.


Groves, 22, currently holds the Commonwealth title, but beat Scot Kenny Anderson a final eliminator to face the 2008 Olympic champion for the Lonsdale belt. It is now rumoured that the Hammersmith fighter will fight on the Saul Alvarez v Matthew Hatton card on March 5th and that could put the unification bout in doubt.


With both fighters constantly calling each other out and David Coldwell of Hayemaker promotions putting in a huge bid to stage the fight, there are conflicting accounts of what may happen in the future. It looks likely that if the bout doesn’t happen this spring though, it may not happen until both men hold or are in a position to challenge for a world title.



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