George Groves vs. Kenny Anderson a possibility
By Sean McDaniel: British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (13-0, 10 KO’s) is expected to sign with Matchroom Sports in the near future, leaving Hayemaker Promotions. It’s unclear why the 23-year-old Groves is opting to move to the growing Matchroom stable but it’s a move that will certainly help his career.
Groves is reportedly looking to fight a rematch against Kenny Anderson (13-1, 9 KO’s), who Groves defeated by a 6th round TKO last November in 2010. Groves struggled in that fight and was put on the canvas from a big right hand from Anderson in the 4th. However, Groves got up off the deck to get a stoppage in the 6th. It’s a fight that he hopefully can improve upon in a rematch.
In Groves’ recent win over British super middleweight champion James DeGale last May, Groves changed his fighting strategy up completely, choosing to hit and move all night long rather than trying to slug it out. In the end, it helped Groves get a narrow 12 round majority decision victory.
Had Groves stood and traded with DeGale the way that he normally likes to fight, DeGale likely would have won, because he appeared to be the stronger fighter when the two stood toe-to-toe punching back and forth. Groves’ main advantage was when he was moving, hitting and getting out of the way of DeGale.
In the last six months, Matchroom has added the following fighters to their stable: Carl Froch, Kell Brook, Darren Barker. They also have Paul McCloskey. Groves fits in nicely with that group, and it’s likely to continue to grow.
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