George Groves wants to return to the ring “as soon as possible” as he seeks to recover from his defeat to Carl Froch and fulfil his ambition of becoming a world champion.
The 26-year-old is back in the gym following his eighth-round knockout by Froch at Wembley stadium on May 31.
Froch’s peach of a punch floored Groves in front of more than 80,000 fans and left the challenger’s career stranded on the canvas.
But he has leapt back to his feet, brimming with more drive and conviction than ever.
“It has been a tough week certainly and I did not get the result I hoped for,” he told Ringside.
“But I am feeling good, I’m back in the gym training and looking to be back in action as soon as possible and working towards getting a world title shot.”
Although Groves failed to claim the belts that he craved in either of his two shots at the title, he did earn universal praise for his efforts over the two fights with Froch.
When Froch and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, appeared on Ringside recently, they both insisted that Groves could go on to become a world champion.
But Groves snapped back, by saying that external encouragement was not required.
Asked if he could become a world champion, Groves said: “I know it. I certainly don’t need Eddie Hearn or anyone else to tell me. Credit where credit is due, that is boxing.”
He added: “I have got a long and, what we anticipate to be a successful, career ahead of me. It is weird; it does not feel like a step back. It should feel like a step back but it doesn’t.
“It is not the arrival I hoped for – I am not world champion. But we created history and I think I played more than my part in that.”
Groves insisted that his switch to a more cautious approach for the second fight, following his fast-fisted ambush in the opening bout, was the right call.
And he said that the bout had been progressing as he had planned, until the knockout blow from Froch.
Groves said: “We had a perfect camp – no excuses - and in the fight we felt that we were going about the business how we wanted to – one shot.
“So in the 17 rounds of boxing with Carl Froch I believe I won the vast majority of them [rounds]. I didn’t get a win out of either one [of the bouts].
“I would like to think that it is an inevitability that I will become a world champion; I am just going to have to work a little bit harder to get it. But I am more than happy to do that.”
As for his electric rivalry with Froch, he added: “There is respect there for Carl. He has been there and done it. He has been in an awful lot of fights and he got the win on the night. So there is only respect for him, as there always was and always will be.”