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Groves to donate title fight gloves for Grenfell victims

From ESPN - October 10, 2017

George Groves will donate his gloves from Saturday's world title defence against Jamie Cox to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The blaze at the block of flats in west London on June 14 killed at least 80 people and more than 150 families are reportedly still in hotels after their homes were destroyed.

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club, where Groves and world super-middleweight titlehodler James DeGale began their careers, was based on the bottom floor and was destroyed. Run by coach Mick Delaney, the club has recently relocated to new premises in west London after securing 50,000 in funding.

"It was a very difficult one because I thought the disaster was way above me," Groves told ESPN. "I have got many, many friends who are from the area who have put on events to raise money.

"I have put tickets aside for a raffle and I am giving away my fight gloves from the night as well. I was down there recently at Dale Youth ABC, which is now in Ladbroke Grove, to take some kit down for their relaunch. The coaches have done great things for the community and it will always survive.

"It was never about the club, but about the residents and I have felt for Mick Delaney. He has had to keep talking about it. It's hard to keep bringing it up. We lost a member of the club Tony Disson, (65) in the fire. He was trapped on one of the upper floors. We want to help but do not know where to focus our efforts."

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