Badou Jack “The Ripper” (20-1-1, 12 KOs) successfully defended his WBC Super Middleweight World title with a hard-fought, crowd-pleasing 12-round majority decision over mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves (21-3, 16 KOs). Jack, who dropped Groves late in the first round, triumphed by the scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114. The hard-luck Groves, who abruptly fled the ring in disbelief after the announcement, fell to 0-3 in world title fights. Jack was impressive in what may have been his toughest fight to date.
“I’m very excited for this fight. We had a tremendous camp. We’re ready to go. I don’t talk much. I’m all about fighting.
“Groves is absolutely not in my head. I’m focused and mentally strong on my task at hand. I won my biggest fight that I’ve had up to date, he didn’t. He has had two shots at the title and has lost them both.
“Groves got famous for getting knocked out by Carl Froch. He’s a good fighter, but I’m very comfortable that I’m going to beat him.
LONDON (9 Sept) – British ace George Groves says he’s ready to burst onto the world scene as he challenges for the WBC world title in Floyd Mayweather’s final bout.
The 27-year-old takes on super-middleweight champion Badou Jack this Saturday night, live and exclusive on BoxNation, on the undercard of pound-for-pound king Mayweather’s last fight against Haitian hard-hitter Andre Berto.
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 8, 2015) – The countdown to “HIGH STAKES: Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Andre Berto” continued Tuesday afternoon as Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto made their Grand Arrivals at MGM Grand in Las Vegas before their fight this Saturday, Sept. 12 live on SHOWTIME PPV® (8 p.m. E/5 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In what is expected to be the final fight of his illustrious 19-year career, boxing superstar and pound-for-pound king Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) will put his undefeated record and WBC and WBA Welterweight World Championships on the line against power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Berto (30-3, 23 KOs).
I’d like to thank everyone for calling in today to hear from Badou Jack and George Groves who will be fighting for the WBC Super Middleweight Title on the PPV televised undercard for Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto which will take place on September the 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Badou Jack-George Groves fight is presented in association with Team Sauerland. This fight will follow a showdown between Jhonny Gonzalez and Jonathan Oquendo and will be immediately before our WBO Junior Lightweight Title fight between Roman “Rocky” Martinez and Orlando Salido.
WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack is very confident ahead of his crunch maiden title defense against hard-hitting British challenger George Groves, predicting it will be he, and not the equally confident Londoner, who will be turning the lights out on Saturday.
Jack – a fully paid up member of “The Money Team,” and fighting under the Mayweather Promotions banner, is keen not to let the side down when he steps in against the former 2x world title challenger on the undercard of Floyd’s much maligned 49th PPV fight with Andre Berto, and is relishing the chance to prove that upsetting Anthony Dirrell to become champion isn’t a one off – he plans on retaining his belt in style.
This Saturday in Vegas, at the MGM Grand, Britain’s George Groves attempts to make it third time lucky, when he challenges Sweden’s Badou Jack for the “Ripper’s” WBC super middleweight title, on the undercard of the much-maligned Floyd Mayweather/Andre Berto headline PPV fight.
With the lack of enthusiasm for what many deem a flagrant cherry pick in Mayweather choosing Berto for dust-up number 49, Groves, who twice challenged Carl Froch for world honours, thinks his time to be crowned champion has at last arrived, and he feels he may even be able to upstage the self-professed “TBE” with the performance he plans on putting on beneath the headliners.
Ahead of his crunch challenge to WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack, that takes place on September 12th’s Mayweather/Berto undercard, Britain’s “St.” George Groves has spoken out to dispel any myths regarding his 12 round fitness, as well as to counter those people seeking to attribute any perceived dip in form to his hook-up with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.
Groves, a former student of noted tactician Adam Booth, whom he left shortly before the 1st Carl Froch fight, is training up at Abel Sanchez’s “Summit” Facility in Big Bear, California – basecamp of Kazakh middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin – to prepare properly for the fight with Jack, and rejects outright any notion his fitness is a problem.