Groves says he’ll be fighting Stieglitz next
By William Mackay: It looks like British super middleweight champion George Groves’ injured back is going to be healing up extra fast, as he’s already saying he plans on fighting WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KO’s) next. Groves, 23, pulled out of his fight scheduled this Friday against challenger Kenny Anderson, saying that he had medical problems that prevented him from taking the fight.
Anderson understandably is not pleased with being brushed aside and feels that Groves had second thoughts about fighting him after seeing what good shape Anderson is in. However, Groves says he still plans on fighting Anderson at some point in the future but he’s got the Stieglitz fight next. There still isn’t a concrete date for the fight but April 28th is the date that has been floated around. If that’s the case, Groves’ injured back will have responded quickly to treatment.
Groves told the Dailymail.co.uk “I have really worked hard to get ready for this fight [Anderson] that won’t happen this week. I’m sure it will happen down the line. Maybe after I challenge and win the WBO super middleweight championship which I an now the mandatory for and which is scheduled for the next few months. I’m bringing another world title to Britain.”
Groves will probably need to a knockout to take the WBO belt off of the Germany-based Stieglitz because Groves’ fighting style isn’t geared for winning decisions against home fighters. He doesn’t throw enough punches and spends too much time doing feints and laps around the ring. Groves won’t win many rounds with that style against Stieglitz. Groves can’t stand in front of Stieglitz and beat him in a one on one battle because Stieglitz is capable of throwing 80-100 punches per round for 12 rounds.
Groves isn’t that kind of fighter and will wear down under the pace that Stieglitz sets for him. Groves lacks the power to take out Stieglitz and that’s going to be his biggest problem. He not only can’t keep up with the Russian born Stieglitz’s pace but Groves also doesn’t have the power to beat Stieglitz by knockout.