Nick Bond talks to a sparring partner of George Groves
‘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.
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.
Never give less than 100 per cent.
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’
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).