George Groves moving to Matchroom Sports?
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (16-0, 12 KO’s) is expected to be joining up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports and leaving current promoter Frank Warren, according The Sun. Hearn will be having a press conference on Monday to make an announcement and it could be that they’re going to reveal that Groves is joining their team.
If this turns out to be the case then you have to figure that Groves’ previously scheduled fight for March 16th for the vacant EBU super middleweight title against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye will be off.
For boxing fans there’s really not much that would change if Groves moved from one promoter to another in terms of what Groves can accomplish at 168. I mean, Groves is still going to be WAY out of his depth if he’s put in the ring with the likes of Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler.
Nothing changes in that respect. Groves will simply be with another promoter, and if Groves to fight guys for EBU straps or if he wants to continue to defend his domestic level strap then it really doesn’t matter who promotes him. It would be a different promoter but same kind of fights.
I’d like to think that Hearn would put Groves in with the likes of the world champions in a sink or swim mode because it’s better to find out sooner rather than later that Groves lacks the talent needed to beat the top guys. Just waiting around isn’t going to help Groves because there are constantly new guys that are added to the super middleweight division, and he could get passed up by them if he waits too long to find out whether he can cut it at the top.
Groves’ best victories thus far have come against James DeGale, Paul Smith and Kenny Anderson. Groves appeared to lose the fight to DeGale, but won a controversial decision.
Like I said, it doesn’t who promotes Groves; if he doesn’t have the talent to be a champion then it’s meaningless who puts his fights together. Right now, I just don’t see the talent being there for Groves to beat the existing champions at 168. Maybe if he waits them out until they retire or age out he might have a chance, but I said there are constantly newer guys that are arrived on the scene and Groves could get beaten by them and then what will he have?
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