George Groves has decided to take out a manager's licence after revealing he doesn't trust anybody else to do the job for him.
The Daily Mail's Jeff Powell quotes Groves on his intentions to become his own manager, following on from a torrid period in the super-middleweight's career, all in relation to the loss against Carl Froch last November when he had difficulty in securing a rematch:
You have to have a manager to be a boxer and you can no longer just appoint yourself as your own manager like the old days. So I formally applied to the British Boxing Board of Control for a manager’s licence. It’s taken a while because first they said I hadn’t done the form properly, then I hadn’t sent the two photographs. But it’s all done now.
I’m taking charge of my own business because I don’t trust anyone at the moment.
The Board seemed to think I wanted to take over boxing in this country but although I might manage other fighters as well, I’m not looking to be a promoter. That’s too complicated and distracting when you’re an active fighter.
Because I’ve done this deal there is no rematch clause when I beat Carl and no options with the promoter. I will be a free agent to make the most of my success and my popularity with the public. I’m a valuable commodity.
As Groves states, a boxer representing himself in this manner isn't as common an occurrence as it once was, but it shows nothing if not the Hammersmith native's desire to get what he feels he deserves.
Froch controversially won the first meeting between the two last year, with referee Howard Foster intervening to stop the fight in controversial fashion.
As Powell writes, Groves then took a trip to the International Boxing Federation's headquarters in New York in order to secure a rematch, with "The Cobra" previously wavering on whether he would step back into the ring against his challenger.
Since then, another bout has been scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium on May 31, with Froch's IBF and WBA super middleweight titles once again on the line.
Ian Prior of The Guardian details just how much the boxing world is anticipating this titanic second meeting:
Groves-Froch pt2 at Wembley already a sell-out, hours after going on sale. Quite a statement on the health of big-time boxing in UK— Ian Prior (@ianprior) March 10, 2014
And Groves is confident his decision to cut ties with ex-manager Adam Booth and steer his own career will pay dividends, going on to say:
I’m not only getting a lot more than I did for the first fight but a lot more than that bid from Eddie [Hearn]. I may not be the smartest man in west London but I do know that an 80,000 crowd – which it’s going to be – brings in £5million. Then there’s the television and so on. So I’m not going to accept £100,000 or £1m.
It's clear that Groves, now boasting a career record of 19 wins and one loss, has a very direct vision of his path in boxing, which he presumably feels may have been sidetracked under the mentorship of others.
One of the biggest positives of Groves' most recent career choice is that he is now in full control of what clauses, stipulations, purse winnings and other percentages he is entitled to from his fights. That, along with the other obvious factor regarding exactly whom he decides to fight.
The upcoming clash between Froch and "Saint" Groves is being billed as the biggest ever between two British boxers in front of a home audience.
So large is the attraction of the collision, in fact, that legendary announcer Michael Buffer has been confirmed by Eurosport to call the fixture:
Given the circumstances in which the first bout ended, the rematch will serve in deciding upon who of these two hopefuls takes home the bragging rights for good.