Groves building up Ndiaye
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) says he’s impressed with his March 16th opponent Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KO’s), and he can’t wait to face him for the vacant EBU super middleweight title at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
It looks like Groves’ team are taking him backwards instead of forwards after his disappointing performance in his last fight against a rusty 43-year-old Glen Johnson last December. Groves fought like he’d lost his senses completely against the intelligent veteran Johnson.
It just looked like there was no real planning on Groves part with what to do in the fight, as he just unloaded on Johnson round after round trying to score a knockout that wasn’t going to happen. In the process of gunning for a KO, Groves himself was staggered on a couple of occasions by big shots from Johnson. It was actually kind of hilarious to watch since Groves thought he was going to get a quick stoppage, and instead of getting a stoppage, Groves was getting staggered.
Here are some of compliments Groves slathered on Ndiaye in an interview with thesun.co.uk “He’s a good fighter and is definitely worthy of his European mandatory position. He’s got a great record and I can tell from the bits and pieces I’ve seen of him that he’s a decent fighter.”
This is a waste of time for Groves because he could find better opposition if he just opened his eyes and picked out someone in the top 15 to fight. But obviously Groves isn’t the one picking out who he wants to fight, and you have figure there might be some concern there after Groves’ performance against Glen Johnson. Groves didn’t show much in the way of talent in that fight.
I personally came away from watching that fight believing that Groves will never be good enough to beat the top super middleweights in the division for the reason that Groves lacked any real strategy. He was throwing punches and getting tagged. You might as well have pulled someone off the street and threw him in the ring because that’s how bad Groves looked.
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