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Groves decisions Rebrasse, looks poor

groves56By Scott Gilfoid: A very tired looking George Groves (20-2, 15 Kos) struggled to defeat the light hitting EBU super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-3-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London, UK. The final judges’ scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111. Groves threw over 1000 punches

Groves was wobbled a couple of times by the light hitting Rebrasse and that’s really troubling. Both Carl Froch and Tony Bellew expressed doubts that Groves would be able to defeat WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell if that’s going to be his next fight.

I think the loss to Carl Froch last May, as well as the punishment he took in their first fight last year really took something out of Groves. He looked slower and less powerful than he was when he first fought Froch.

Groves, 26, is now the #1 WBC mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell. Groves may have to wait for a shot at Dirrell’s belt though because he’s got a voluntary defense coming up so we’re probably not going to see a fight between Groves and Dirrell until some point in middle to late 2015 unless the World Boxing Council comes through for Groves and orders the fight. You never know with sanctioning bodies. I mean, they agreed to let Groves fight in a WBC eliminator despite the fact that he’d been knocked out twice in a row in his last two fights.

Groves got a little lippy after the fight, saying to Froch “You beat me, Carl, but I still think I’m better than you. I’ve love to have another crack next year.”

Froch wasn’t having any of it, saying “Your down 2 nil.”

Groves said this about Dirrell: “We want him as soon as possible. He’s very disrespectful. I don’t think Dirrell will stand up to my shots. He says he doesn’t want to come to the UK. We’ll make him.”

Froch said “Would I put him [Groves] in against Anthony Dirrell after that performance, I’m not so sure. Based on that fight, he can’t win against Anthony Dirrell. He’s going to really struggle to beat Anthony Dirrell. Do I think he can win? My confidence wouldn’t be high for him. His legs wobbled a couple of times and if you put him in with any kind of puncher. He got hit too many times to be in with a hard puncher. You can’t do that. He needs to be on the outside moving.”

Other boxing results on the card:

Luke Campbell TKO 7 Krzysztof Szot
Khalid Yafai KO 2 Herald Molina
Oscar Ahlin TKO 6 Olegs Fedotovs
Gamal Yafai pts 6 Sofiane Bellahcene
Martin Joseph Ward TKO 8 Kakhaber Avetisian
Luke Watkins TKO 4 David Vicena
Ricky Boylan pts 4 Karoly Lakatos

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