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“I’D been here there and ev­ery­where to finally get the one shot. If I lose it, there’s no guar­an­tee I’ll get an­other one. I re­mem­ber just think­ing I’ve got to take this shot. I’ve got to take ad­van­tage of it. Oth­er­wise, I’ve made good money, but I could re­tire with­out winning a world ti­tle and I know that would eat away at me the rest of my life.

“I was still ama­teur [when Groves knocked out Paul Smith]. It was good to get a bit of re­venge.

“[An­other con­queror of Paul’s, James] De­gale, him and Groves are big names in Bri­tish box­ing. They’ve both had good ca­reers, they’ve both been world cham­pi­ons and they’ve both made a name for them­selves. I’ve heard De­gale is fight­ing Eubank. I don’t think it’s con­firmed.

“I think the win­ner of that puts him­self in a good po­si­tion [to fight me].

“I’d never say never. I just want to fight who­ever makes the most sense and I’d like to fight fight­ers where I can gain some­thing from them.”

PRIDE AND JOY: Cal­lum poses with his proud broth­ers, Paul, Liam and Stephen

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