Groves: I’m going to beat Stieglitz and bring the World title back to Britain

By Boxing News - 04/05/2012 - Comments

Image: Groves: I'm going to beat Stieglitz and bring the World title back to BritainBy Scott Gilfoid: British Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (14-0, 11 KO’s) has been hand-picked by WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KO’s) to make his next tile defense on May 5th at the Messehalle, in Erfurt, Thuringen, Germany.

This will be the 30-year-old Stieglitz’s 6th title defense of his World Boxing Organization strap won in August 2009 with a 11th round TKO victory over then champion Karoly Balzsay.

Here’s the thing: Groves doesn’t seem to realize yet that he’s been picked specifically because they’ve seen his fighting style in his previous bouts and obviously see him as an easy mark to beat without too many problems. Groves actually thinks he can win. Poor guy. He doesn’t realize yet that he stands no chance in this fight unless he lands a lucky shot and gets a stoppage. Groves is not going to outbox a fighter like Stieglitz because he’s a human punching machine that will likely out-land Groves by an 8 to 1 margin on May 5th. Groves doesn’t throw a lot of punches, that’s the problem. He’s been trained to use a lot of feints and he typically gallops around the ring all night long, landing one punch here, and another punch there. In between the rare shots, Groves fakes 24/7 and it’s all such a waste of time. It’s like watching a smaller version of David Haye, albeit without the power. Groves isn’t a big puncher at super middleweight and will no doubt be the weaker fighter on May 5th.

Groves said this at his “We know we have the attributes to beat him [Stieglitz]…This is my time to arrive on the world scene…I’m bringing another world title back to Britain.”

No, Groves isn’t going to be bringing anything back to the UK except for maybe a couple of black eyes, maybe a busted lip, bloody or broken nose. He’s not going to bring the WBO title back because he’s going to get beaten by Stieglitz because he won’t throw enough punches to win. Groves will use the Haye style of fighting and feint and run all night long, and probably average 10 to 15 punches thrown per round compared to Stieglitz’s 80. It’s going to be a sickening mismatch.

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