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Nick Bond talks to a spar­ring part­ner of Ge­orge Groves

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‘GE­ORGE GROVES’ COM­PO­SURE SHOWED ME THAT THERE ARE MAS­SIVE LEV­ELS TO THIS GAME’ Dwayne Jones Grant

When and why you started box­ing:

I started box­ing at the age of 16 un­der trainer Peter Car­son at Dale Youth ABC. I got dumped by a girl and wanted to take my frus­tra­tion out on a punch bag.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Su­gar Ray Robin­son. He made it look ef­fort­less and fought all com­ers.

Best fight you’ve seen:

James De­gale-badou Jack. Even the ref proved he had a good chin in that fight!

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Spar­ring world cham­pion Ge­orge Groves and two-time ABA champ Deion Jumah. I re­mem­ber how pow­er­ful and ac­cu­rate Groves’ right hand was, and how he re­mained com­posed through­out. It showed me that there are mas­sive lev­els to this game.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

Richard Ri­ak­porhe in the Lon­don Novice finals, when I was rep­re­sent­ing Dale Youth. He beat me fair and square.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

When I’m on my A-game, my main strength is my speed. My weak­ness is my mind­set at times.

Train­ing tip:

Never give less than 100 per cent.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

I like but­ter­fly chicken and coleslaw from Nando’s. I get a dis­count from there too! I also like spaghetti Bolog­nese.

Best friends in box­ing:

Do­minic Felix. He’s a pro lightheavy­weight too. I’ve known him since our Dale Youth days. There’s also Ju­manne Camero, who’s the South­ern Area light­weight cham­pion. Other sports­man you would like to be:

Ian Wright, when he played for my team, Ar­se­nal.

Last film/tv show you saw:

The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness, star­ring Will Smith.

Who would play you in a film of your life:

I’d pick Will Smith to play me.

Have you ever been starstruck:

I get some­what starstruck any­time I meet box­ers or train­ers that I’ve seen on TV.

Last time you cried:

When I had to tell my younger brothers that my mum had a brain aneurysm.

Best ad­vice re­ceived:

Lis­ten to ad­vice!

Worst ru­mour about your­self:

That I got beaten up in spar­ring by lo­cal white col­lar box­ers in my area.

Some­thing not many peo­ple know about you:

Some of my best mem­o­ries grow­ing up were thanks to my mum. So she’s my best mate.

‘GE­ORGE GROVES SHOWED ME THAT THERE ARE MAS­SIVE LEV­ELS TO THIS GAME’

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/PAUL CHILDS

Age: 29 Twit­ter: n/a Nick­name: n/a Height: 5ft 10ins Na­tion­al­ity: English From: Ful­ham Stance: Or­tho­dox Record: 2-0 Divi­sion: Light-heavy­weight Ti­tles: n/a Next fight: Jones Grant faces Mitch Mitchell in a four-rounder in Beth­nal Green next Satur­day (Septem­ber 9).

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