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Barker, Groves postfight comments

Darren Barker is aiming for a big summer showdown after he dismantled Simone Rotolo in four rounds at the Wembley Arena on Saturday. “I want to fight these World class fighters, whether they’re the World champions or the domestic guys,” said Barker. “It’s exciting times as there are big fights out there for me and I’ll get back in the gym in a couple of weeks and Tony Sims and Eddie Hearn will sit down and sort that out for me. I’m game and I’ll fight anyone, I proved that when I went to America and fought Sergio Martinez and I’m ready for a big fight now. I haven’t fought twice in three months since I started, but I feel so good right now, I was so sharp in the gym and training has been going well. I’m buzzing, I feel like a young man again and I don’t want to be out of the gym.”

George Groves began life with new promoter Eddie Hearn with an impressive stoppage of Dario German Balmaceda. “It was a clean performance, I didn’t take any heavy shots and I landed a few good shots,” said Groves. “We’ve got to sit down and see what we can come up with for May 25 – there’s no immediate rush to name someone but it will be substantial I am sure.”

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