"What do you think about George?"
"What do I think about him?"
"I think he's a moron."
There's still no love lost whatsoever between James DeGale and George Groves, who meet in the May 21 co-feature of a Sky Box Office event, but undoubtedly have done more to capture public imagination than have the night's main eventers, Nathan Cleverly and Juergen Braehmer.
And yes, the "Dirrell" that Groves is talking about sparring is Andre.
And while the fighters lob insults back and forth -- DeGale constantly refers to Groves as "that ugly ginger kid" -- they both know they're gearing up for the biggest fight of their pro careers. Taking a fight of this risk and danger so early in their pro development could really set the loser back a step. The fact that the personal issue is the real deal only amps that up, too.
American fight fans don't generally pay much attention to domestic-level fights in the UK, or even, for the most part, European-level fights. But this is a fight that US fans should pay attention to. This is a real rivalry. These are two very real prospects. And they're going to have a real fight on May 21.