Groves gets his big chance against Stieglitz for WBO 168 pound title

By Boxing News - 04/09/2012 - Comments

Image: Groves gets his big chance against Stieglitz for WBO 168 pound titleBy Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (14-0, 11 KO’s) is going to find out the hard way the differences between the domestic level and the world class level in his May 5th fight against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KO’s) at the Messhalle, in Erfurt, Germany. Groves, 24, is likely going to wish he had stayed down at the local level to keep tending his garden against over-matched fodder, because Stieglitz is going to put a schooling on Groves in this fight.

Groves won’t have to worry his head about world titles after Stieglitz gets through with him, because he’ll know that he doesn’t measure up and needs a whole heck of a lot more seasoning. If I was Groves promoter, I’d get him a new trainer, bring him over to American and try and get him completely change his fighting style by making him more of an offensive threat instead of his current hit and run style.

Stieglitz was supposed to be fighting Mikkel Kessler, but he backed out due to a hand injury. That’s too bad because I’d have much preferred to see Kessler in there with Stieglitz than Groves. I want to see action on May 5th. I don’t want to see Groves hitting and then circling the ring two or three times before he tries to land another shot. I want nonstop action, so we can see what Groves is made of.

It doesn’t look good for Groves. Ideally, this is a fight that should have waited another four years so that Groves could mature and learn how to properly fight. If he time to learn something, he might have done well. But not now. He’s going to go other there and get worked. Stieglitz is going to put a serious hurting on Groves and send him back to the UK with a sour look on his face and a bad case of smashed face. I just hope Stieglitz doesn’t hurt the guy. Groves has a long career in front of him and if he can get with Andre Dirrell, he might make something out of himself with Dirrell’s help.

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