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Groves’ injury wipes out Stieglitz fight; George dodges another bullet

Image: Groves' injury wipes out Stieglitz fight; George dodges another bulletBy Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (14-0, 11 KO’s) may have dodged another bullet after suffering an injury will training recently. The injury is bad enough to wipe out Groves’ May 5th fight against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz. This is the second fight in a row that the 24-year-old Groves has had to pull out of due to injuries of one kind or another.

The injury, which is still unknown at this point, might be a godsend for Groves because the Stieglitz fight was looking like a potential Waterloo for Groves. He didn’t have the offensive firepower to compete with the high punch volume from Stieglitz and he wasn’t going to be able to feint his way to victory, and get the benefit of the doubt like he did in his highly questionable 12 round decision win over James DeGale last year in May.

I have no idea why Groves isn’t mentioning what his injury is. I guess he must think someone will try and attack this area of his body when he finally gets back in the ring someday. If that’s the case than he’s being paranoid for nothing because if he’s going to be facing someone in the world class level he’s going to have problems enough because of his low work rate.

But I actually think Groves’ injury is a blessing in disguise. He’s not ready for a talent like Stieglitz and it only would have resulted in Groves getting beaten up and overwhelmed by Stieglitz’s high volume punching attack. At least this way Groves can keep his unbeaten record intact and go after a rematch against Kenny Anderson on June 30th.

If Groves doesn’t keep getting injured over and over again, he might actually learn something and turn out to be a decent contender one of these days. But right now, Groves would be little more than fodder for Stieglitz in my estimation. Groves be better off taking the Anderson fight and then giving James DeGale a rematch after that to try and prove that he’s really better than him. I don’t think he is, but it’s better for Groves to find out sooner rather than later so that he can start working on his flaws. Groves might need a new trainer that can teach him to throw more punches instead of dashing around the ring all night. He can get away with running while he’s young, but once he hits 27 and above, those feet will get tired from the sprinting and he’ll have problems. Besides that. Groves needs to get on a weight problem so he can try to develop some power in his shots. He doesn’t hit hard enough and this is another area of weakness in Groves’ game.

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