Carl Froch is second rate, says George Groves
George Groves has fired a well-aimed barb at rival Carl Froch by insisting the Nottingham man has no right to call himself the best super-middleweight in the world.
Froch puts his WBA and IBF 12-stone titles on the line in an eagerly-awaited all-British clash against Londoner Groves in Manchester on Saturday.
And despite going into the bout as a big underdog, Groves is bullish about his chances – primarily because he does not believe Froch is as good as he says he is.
Speaking after a public workout in Shepherd's Bush yesterday, Groves said: "Why shouldn't I be ready for a fight against the second best super-middleweight in the world?
"We're not talking about me fighting Andre Ward, the number one.
"I know I'm still a little way off beating Ward, but Froch is a different story all together.
"He isn't the best in the world and never has been. Do I think I can beat him with 19 fights under my belt? Absolutely."
Also on the bill Scott Quigg defends his WBA super-bantamweight title against Diego Silva while Martin Murray returns after his controversial world middleweight title loss to Sergio Martinez in April.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games England officials have declared themselves "extremely concerned" at the possibility that the nation's boxers could be barred from competing at next year's Games in Glasgow.
Amateur boxing's world governing body, the AIBA, has confirmed the Amateur Boxing Association of England could be suspended if it fails to accept new Articles of Association at an Extraordinary General Meeting on November 24. Any such suspension could mean English boxers being banned from competition.