Bitter rivals will square up at last

James DeGale and George Groves both know how much is on the line when they clash on Saturday in one of the most hyped domestic fights for 20 years.

Groves is the unbeaten super-middleweight Commonwealth champion and DeGale is the unbeaten British champion. They will risk those belts in a fight four years in the making.

“I just want to shut him up for the last time – I’ve heard enough, and he’s been living off my name for too long,” said DeGale.

“This is my time to prove to a big audience that I’m the better fighter, once and for all,” countered Groves.

Groves and DeGale famously clashed in the 2006 ABA championships and after a tense fight the narrow decision went to Groves.

The pair have not spoken to each other since.

The two boxed for the same amateur club at Dale Youth and after their fight they had to train at different times.

Groves went on to win two national amateur titles. DeGale went to Beijing and won an Olympic gold medal.

In the night’s other big fight at London’s O2 Centre Nathan Cleverly will meet tough German Juergen Braehmer for the WBO’s light-heavyweight belt.

Cleverly steps into the ring this weekend hoping his dream of becoming a world champion can be realised. The 24 year-old Brit takes on WBO 175lb titleholder Juergen Braehmer in a fight he predicted would happen as a youngster in Wales.

“To be honest, if you’d told me when I started boxing at 11 that I would be in this position, I probably would have expected it,” Cleverly said.

“I genuinely would have, I was that confident, that sure I would become a world champion and anything less would have been a disappointment.

This is my dream and I’m making it reality; but I probably expected that.”

The Welshman has racked up 21 victories since turning pro in 2005 and now faces the tough German southpaw, who has just two losses in 38 contests and 29 knockouts on his impressive record.

Groves is the unbeaten super-middleweight Commonwealth champion and DeGale is the unbeaten British champion. They will risk those belts in a fight four years in the making.

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