Groves set for Anderson rematch

13 01 2012

Groves-Anderson set for rematch

George “The Saint” Groves will come face to face with Kenny Anderson once again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) ordered a rematch.

Anderson, who floored Groves in their first fight before being stopped in the sixth, has now become the mandatory challenger to British and Commonwealth champion George Groves.

Anderson told the Daily Record: “I was promised a rematch but I never got the chance to fight him again. But I am absolutely ecstatic to get this and maybe the Board of Control had to do this.”

It is believed that Frank Warren Promotions have won the purse bids and the fight must now take place before the end of May.

This is an interesting fight for George Groves and it will be good to see what he has learned from their first fight and how much has he improved.

Groves, as trainer Adam Booth is well aware, does have the tendency to leave his “chin out there” and we’ve already seen that Anderson has the power to put Groves on his backside.

Groves also displayed his lack of temperament in the first fight, where after being rocked, decided to trade and wage war; instead of boxing smart and using his defence. We’ve seen him improve in this manner during the DeGale fight where he showed a superb temperament but will it flare up again if Anderson rocks him?

Anderson came into the first fight at short notice so it will be good to see what a fully fit Anderson can do but I expect Groves to come through this one.

Groves will have to box smart and avoid being dragged into a war, which is Anderson’s best chance of winning this fight.

We know Adam Booth will have Groves fully prepared and set him up with a game plan, which Groves will have to execute. He’s done it in his last couple of fights, most notably against rival James DeGale.

It’s a massive chance for Kenny Anderson to show everyone what he can do. He has real knock-out power and if Groves decides to trade with Anderson, Kenny has a good chance of putting Groves on the canvas once more. The question is if it happens; will Anderson have enough to finish him off this time round?

This is a good fight for Groves who is still young and improving with each fight.

I expect Groves to box smart and win this fight, winning by stoppage somewhere between the middle to late rounds.

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Vitali on standby

21 03 2011

Vitali could step in

The Klitschko brothers are at it again as Vitali Klitschko is on standby to take over from David Haye if younger brother Wladimir is ruled out.

The Klitschko brothers are known for being master match-makers and coming up with these unbelievable contracts where the ball is always in their court.

Now some of you might believe it is their choice and right as they are the champions but if Haye has to sign a contract with Wladimir that states if he is unable to make the fight and Vitali can step in, then the boxing world has really gone to cloud cuckoo land.

The contract that was drawn up for fellow Brit challenger Derek Chisora was laughable enough (if he beat Wladimir, he would have to fight Vitali in his second fight and give Wladimir a re-match) but this really would take the biscuit.

Personally I think that Haye should fight either one of them, his legacy wouldn’t be secure as a heavyweight without either fight. He would just be known as the man who beat up on Audley Harrison for a round.

I believe that if Haye signs a contract to fight Wladimir and then for some odd reason Wladimir cannot make the fight, then he should be stripped of his title. He pulled out of two proposed fights with Derek Chisora and hasn’t fought, let alone defended his title since he beat Samuel Peter back in September of last year (which again was a joke of a fight).

Then there should be a separate contract drawn up for Haye-Vitali. But we all know that Haye will have to sign the contract for Wladimir stating that Vitali can step in if he is injured because Haye needs this fight. Don’t get me wrong, the Klitschkos’ need it too but Haye more so.

He was the one that was supposed to light up the heavyweight division, bringing back the glamour. Heck, Golden Boy Promotions are even behind him. But the sad thing is, and something people seem to forget is, Haye says he’ll retire by his 31st birthday.

So even if he does unify the division, once Haye turns 31 the belts will go right back to the Klitschkos’ and the division will be back to normal.

The contracts have yet to be signed, with talks between managers Adam Booth and Bernd Boente, so there will be plenty of twists and turns left in this tale. That is one thing I’m certain of.

Keep checking back for the latest information regarding this heavyweight clash.

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Hayemaker Promotions calls out rivals

6 03 2011

Hayemaker Promotions

George Groves has called out long-term rival James Degale in a bid to get the fight on, following his win over Daniel Allotey on Saturday night.

Groves, along with manager and trainer Adam Booth, told Sky Sports: “I’ve told everyone before, it’ll be a Groves win. Whether it be by knock-out or points, I don’t really care. He knows I’ve got his number.”

Adam Booth, who also manages and trains WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, has also hinted that the long-awaited fight between Haye and Wladimir Klitschko is very close to being a done deal.

Booth told Sky Sports: “We’re very, very close. Everything seems to be doing better than ever at the moment. I’m going to wait a few days because there is going to be a lot happening.”

Both fights, if confirmed, would excite the British public as well as the wider boxing world, in an age when so many big fights seem to collapse during the negotiation period. (i.e. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.)

Below is the full post-fight interview with George Groves and Adam Booth.