Haye sees Groves getting a world title shot in the future
By William Mackay: Promoter David Haye feels that his fighter George Groves (13-0, 10 KO’s) is good enough to get an eventual world title shot. This after Groves beat James DeGale (10-1, 8 KO’s), the British super middleweight champion, last Saturday night by a close 12 round majority decision. Haye feels that Groves is on course for a title shot in the future.
Haye doesn’t say whether Groves would win that fight or who he would possibly take on, only that he would get a title shot in the future. You can see Haye isn’t too eager about making any bold predictions when it comes to his fighter Groves.
“Obviously there will be talk of a rematch with DeGale, and quite rightly so,” says Haye to the dailystar.co.uk. “But in the long term, I see George going all the way towards a world title.”
Haye is probably right. Groves isn’t going to be taking a risky rematch with DeGale it seems, and will likely be carefully matched for the next year or two. Naturally, Groves will get a shot against one of the champions if he pumps up his record enough for it to look impressive. But it doesn’t mean that Groves will be good enough to beat anyone. He showed last night against DeGale and in his fight with Kenny Anderson that he doesn’t have the power or the chin to stand and trade with the bigger punchers. Groves has to move a lot in order to do well.
However, you can’t beat the better fighters by just moving. You have to possess power and ability to trade. Groves doesn’t appear to have the tools to fight like that and has to move continuously or else he takes punishment and can get hurt. But, yes, Groves will get a title shot if he sticks to carefully chosen opponents and doesn’t face any of the really good contenders in the division. But that doesn’t mean Groves will capture a world title when the time comes. For that, you have to have the talent to bang and take shots in exchanges and we saw that Groves is incapable or unwilling to do that.