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.


Mitchell-Murray back on

20 04 2011

Mitchell-Murray confirmedThe long awaited showdown between Kevin Mitchell and fellow Brit John Murray will finally take place this summer.

Mitchell had turned down a clash with the unbeaten Murray earlier this year, but has now done a U-turn and is ready to face his rival.

Mitchell said: “Murray’s done well but he hasn’t faced me yet and, if he had, we wouldn’t keep hearing about his unbeaten record, I was 31-0 too with more stoppages than him, until I lost out in my 32nd fight which he will too.”

Mitchell will be looking to prove to his fans that he is ‘back’ and that his brutal stoppage defeat to Michael Katsidis was a one off, while Murray will look to extend the current longest unbeaten run in British boxing.

Murray, who has long been avoided by boxers both domestically and internationally, will finally get the chance to showcase his talent on a big stage. The question for Murray is can he step up to the challenge and prove to everyone that he can fight at a higher level.

The question for Mitchell though is much bigger. Can the Dagenham born boxer come back from that crushing defeat, which sent him spiralling into depression? Does he have that ‘fire in the belly’ to establish himself amongst the best Britain has to offer? Or, if he were to lose, sink back into depression and stay away from the sport?

Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure; it’s sure to be one hell of a fight for British fans.

DeGale-Groves confirmed

10 03 2011

DeGale v Groves: Rivals to meet

The wait is finally over; the highly anticipated fight between bitter rivals James DeGale and George Groves will finally go ahead following the British Boxing Board of controls’ decision to pencil in the clash for an April 9th date.

However it is highly unlikely that the bout will take place then and it is highly likely that Hayemaker Promotions and Frank Warren Promotions will request the fight be pushed back.

The British Boxing Board of control did confirm that the fight between the two will be for the British Super-Middleweight title and would take place at London’s Olympia.

With the fight now officially confirmed, fans will be licking their lips in anticipation of a fight that has been on the cards since the pairs amateur days, where Groves picked up a unanimous decision win.

There has been plenty of bad blood between the two, with neither missing the opportunity to verbally bash each other in the media and dismissing the others boxing ability and with DeGale in action this Saturday night; you can bet he is going to want to send a message to his future opponent.

One thing is for sure; the build up and fight itself promises to be an explosive event.

You can view the very first encounter between the two by clicking Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4.

Watch below to see what James DeGale had to say about George Groves following his win over Paul Smith last December.