The 25-year-old Groves (18-0, 14 KOs), who has fought a collection of tomato cans, most recently defeated Syrian Baker Barakat by a second round TKO on March 23.
“The only person he says he can’t beat yet is Andre Ward,” Groves’ trainer Adam Booth told Buncey’s Boxing Podcast on ESPN. “That’s the only one that George says, ‘At the moment I wouldn’t challenge Ward but I’ll beat the rest of them.’ I keep saying, ‘Alright George, let’s work on this, let’s work on this.’ He’s done so much in the last few months that I am now struggling to justify to myself a reason now to hold him back – not to just let go of the reins and see what he can do.”
After undergoing the knife on January 4 to repair a small tear in his right shoulder capsule, the 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) returned to the gym and began light training in early March.
Ward, the first American to capture boxing gold in eight years as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, suffered the injury in November while preparing to scrap retired titlist Kelly Pavlik .
The Bay Area native, who last exited the squared circle in September after battering formidable Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight king “Bad” Chad Dawson, is now shadowboxing and doing cardio exercises.
Ward, a man in position to become a national superstar and household name like fellow American gold medalists Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya, has unbelievably not vacated the ring on the losing end of a bout since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
Voted the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), Ward is expected to next throw fists in the late summer or early autumn.
In regard to Groves, the Englishman hasn’t firmly cemented any future plans.
However, proving to be a bright bloke, it’s known that George Groves “wouldn’t challenge (Andre) Ward.”by