Boxer George Groves will come to the Copper Box Arena on Saturday full of hope of another world title tilt – but only too painfully aware that the margins are thin.
After his agonising split decision defeat to Badou Jack, Groves looks to begin his fourth assault on the summit in his top-of-the-bill bout against bookies’ outsider Andrea Di Luisa.
Aside from Jack, there were the two memorable clashes with Carl Froch that saw the belt slip from his grasp.
But the 27-year-old is far from downbeat not least because he has trainer Shane McGuigan in his corner.
“A great coach and intelligent man” is Groves’ verdict. The son of Barry, McGuigan was the mastermind who oversaw David Haye’s demolition of Mark De Mori at The O2 .
Groves said : “We just want to fight for a world title. All I’ve got to do is win, build the rankings up and see which opportunities present themselves.
“I can’t fail next time. I’ve come really close and a few things weren’t quite right in the last fight, in the last period of my career.”
His note of desperation is not insincere. He’s seen a lot of losses in his last few fights and he knows a defeat against Italian Di Luisa – who has a weak chin – would spell the end of his dreams and, in all likelihood, his career.
None of the other sanctioning bodies has Groves ranked in their top 15 other than the World Boxing Council and he’ll probably have to face Badou Jack again to regain traction.
The action is live on Sky Sports One, Saturday, January 30, from 7.30pm