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George Groves: James DeGale will never beat me

George Groves hasn't had good luck in world title fights, but he still thinks he'd beat James DeGale again.

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George Groves is 2-3 in his last five fights with all three losses coming in world title challenges, but the 27-year-old London fighter is still quite confident when it comes to the subject of his old amateur and pro rival, James DeGale, who currently holds the IBF super middleweight title.

Groves told Sky Sports that no matter what, DeGale will never beat him:

"I said it when we were kids - although not many were listening - and for the last fight, I told a lot of people: I've got his number. He can go on to be the greatest British fighter we've ever had, but he will still never beat me. I've got his number."

Groves (21-3, 16 KO) also doesn't see himself as being as far off from DeGale (21-1, 14 KO) as others might:

"I've just dropped a split decision in Vegas for the world championship, he's just won a [close] decision in Boston, against an American for the belt... there's a whisker between us right now."

The 29-year-old DeGale is set to make the first defense of his title on November 28 in Quebec, where he'll face former titlist Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KO) in a Showtime-televised main event.

What do you think? Is there a style matchup problem for DeGale if he faces Groves again in the future? Do you think Groves may indeed "have his number"? Or has DeGale made the necessary strides to separate himself from his rival?

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