Super middleweight contender George Groves is ready to take the WBC title from Badou Jack on the Floyd Mayweather vs Andre Berto undercard September 12th at the MGM Grand. Groves has fallen short of a major title twice where he fell to the now retired Carl Froch both times. Groves is ready for redemption:
"Everything in training camp has been perfect. We're adjusting to the time difference and the altitude, which takes a couple of days, but everything is going really well. We're ahead of schedule.
"We've been training all year for this fight so I'm feeling really good. I can't wait to get in there and start punching.
"I think I know more than enough about Jack. I've seen him box live against Anthony Dirrell and I've studied him on tape. There's a lot to like about him. I like the fact that he's come to the U.S. and has made a home out here, there's bravery in that. He's latched on to a successful camp but ultimately you have to stand on your own two feet in the ring.
"I think I'm better than him in most aspects. If I go out and perform it's an easy night's work for me.
"It's nice being on a undercard because I've dealt with the pressure of the main event. It's nice to just be able to enjoy the fight. It's a massive fight but the only thing I have to worry about it fighting. It's a great opportunity for me.
"Rust is more mental than anything. You only hear a fighter talk about ring rust after a fight because it's an excuse. We're in the gym performing, sparring partners are getting beat up and there's no excuse to not take it into a real fight.
"I'm pleased to be here in America. The third time going for the title will be lucky. We've prepared diligently. We're ready for action.
"I've seen Badou up close and personal and as of yet, we can't find anything that will cause me a problem. We plan to take the belt back to the UK.
"He'll have comfort being at home and with his stable mates, but that all goes away when you step in the ring and a guy is trying to take your head off.
"Since I was seven years old I've dreamed of becoming a world champion. I've had ups and downs in boxing but it's all come full circle.
"We have ourselves in a great place in training camp and I literally cannot wait to get in there."