GEORGE GROVES will impose a bonk ban as he chases his dream of unifying the world super-middleweight titles.
The WBA world champion faces former GB amateur room-mate Jamie Cox at SSE Arena Wembley on Saturday, hoping it will lead to fights against the likes of arch- enemy James DeGale, who holds the IBF version of the crown.
Former world super-middleweight king Carl Froch used to insist on giving up nookie while training for fights — now Saint George is going to follow suit.
Groves, 29, admitted: “If it worked for Carl, maybe the missus would be happy to go on strike with me for a while.”
His better half Sophie gave birth to son Teddy recently and dad George has been prepared to get his hands dirty by mucking in with the baby chores. He said: “I hang out with my son in my spare time, I might change a nappy or two — and that’s my job done.“I love being around him. It might be taxing energy-wise but it doesn’t feel like that when I’m with him.
“Once I’m in camp, my wife takes care of everything — but at the start when it’s not too strict, I take care of everything.
“Otherwise I say, ‘I’ve got to have a lie down, I’ve got a session at 6pm’.
“Living at home for this fight has been a real bonus as it means I don’t have to travel to training camps. I will live at home right up until the fight. I will be in my own bed, unless of course the baby kicks me out — and then I will sleep in the spare room.”
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Groves fights at the SSE Arena in the World Super Series of Boxing — a tournament that is aimed at finding the world’s best super-middleweight with the winner guaranteed around £8million.
It will be his first fight at the Wembley venue since his title clash against Eduard Gutknecht.
That meeting left the 35-year-old German with irreparable brain damage — and Groves admits the bout last November will haunt him until he hangs up his gloves.
The Londoner revealed his family are deeply worried about the risk he takes each time he climbs between the ropes and they cannot wait for the day when he stops.
But Groves says he fights on to secure their future, adding: “Yes, Eduard does enter my mind frequently. I can’t do anything about my situation yet, I need to carry on boxing, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I just have to put it to the back of my mind.
“But that fight did make me reassess things — not just me but my mum and dad, wife, close friends and family.
“They will be happy when I say I’ve had enough and call it a day because of the risks that come with boxing.
“But it is what it is. I still need to box, I still want to box, and until that changes, that’s what I’m going to be doing.
“I haven’t earned enough to pay the mortgage off. I want to clear it, maybe upgrade the car, go on holiday, a couple of other things, put some money aside for the kids and their kids.
“Then, if I run out of motivation, we will go from there.”
Groves, who in his last fight in May became world champion by beating Russian Fedor Chudinov in six rounds at Sheffield, added: “This tournament has come round for me at the right time.
“There are a possible three fights in the tournament and I have to win it.
“I’m all geared up for the end of May when it should reach a climax.
“I will beat everyone in the tournament — so it’s about staying focused, motivated, healthy and getting the job done.