Groves ready for next big step

George Groves says he is ready to take a significant step in his career by beating Badou Jack on Saturday and becoming the new WBC super-middleweight champion.
 
The 27-year-old Briton will fight Jack on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's last fight against Haitian Andre Berto.
 
It's Groves' third title fight, following successive losses to domestic rival Carl Froch, but the Londoner sees it as an opportunity for a new start and to put the Froch saga well and truly behind him.
 
"Every fight is more vital than the last, more important than the last and there's more to lose, especially once you've lost," said Groves.
 
"I came back after losing last year and won the European title and I became the mandatory challenger of the WBC. Since then we've been rolling and waiting for our opportunity to fight for the WBC belt. We knew it would come so we've been patient with it.
 
"People will consider this a 50-50 match up. 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, to steal the show and arrive on the world scene.
 
"So all the pressures and all the excitement and everything else that goes with fighting for the world championship, I don't feel any of it because to me, it's just a fight."
 
Groves has spent the last two months training in the US at Big Bear Lake. He has been undergoing regular, gruelling mountain runs to get himself into shape.
 
"We have plenty of motivation up here in the mountains. We're working hard. It's been a lifelong dream to become world champion. We're just concentrating on Badou Jack," Groves said.
 
"This is a fight against a good guy, but a guy who is not as good as me. For that reason, we're just looking forward to getting in there and performing. And winning and everything that goes with it.
 
"Without trying to give too much away about the game plan, we know Jack's strengths. We know his weaknesses. We plan to go in there, nullify his strengths and expose the weaknesses.
 
"But we're in phenomenal shape. First we came up here, I was in good shape. I was struggling to breath because of the altitude. But now, we are flying. We're getting better results than we do back in London when we're out in flat land and there's more oxygen.
 
"We're going to go bring the fight to Badou Jack and make sure he works for every second of every round. From there on in, the game plan will develop."
 
Jack, meanwhile, has shrugged off Groves' confidence, and vowed he will be ready for whatever comes his way on fight night.
 
"For me it's just another fight. I'm not a trash talker. I don't get into all that trying to get into your mind and stuff," said Jack.
 
"I'm staying focused on winning the fight. I might seem like a quiet guy or something like that, but come fight night, in the ring, it's going to be a different story.
 
"It's a 50-50 fight and I think that's where you don't know who's going to win. That's what makes it so exciting. I believe I'm the better fighter and I'm 110 per cent confident that I'm going to win this fight."

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