Young gun George Groves puts his British & Commonwealth super-middleweight titles on the line when he accepts the challenge of Kenny Anderson at the Wembley Arena, London, on March 16th.
The fight will attract a fair amount of attention in the UK as a reprise of their first fight in 2010 when Groves out-muscled the Scot after six thrilling rounds, but not before Anderson had dropped the highly-touted Englishman in the third.
In that first encounter Groves had looked open and disorganised on several occasions in the fight, but showed admirable grit and determination to gradually over-power Anderson and force the stoppage. On the other hand, Anderson has always insisted that he took the bout at short notice and was under-cooked, adding that with proper preparation he’d have put his man away early in the fight when he had Groves in considerable trouble.
Anderson gets a chance to prove his point March 16th. Since their first fight, Groves, 14-0, 11 KO’s, won his title with a high-profile points defeat of arch rival James Degale and defended with an early stoppage of stubborn Paul Smith, while Anderson, 15-1, 11 KO’s, has reeled off three inside distance wins against journeymen. Tough as the Scotsman is, I expect Groves to confirm that he’s a real talent and have the fight over with by the fifth round.
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