Groves dreams of fighting DeGale in unification match
By Scott Gilfoid: The recently twice knocked out George Groves will be fighting this Saturday night against little known fighter Denis Douglin in a stay busy fight on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew card in Liverpool, UK.
Groves recently earned the shot to face WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell when Groves beat little known EBU super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse. The World Boxing Association let Groves fight in their WBC 168 pound eliminator bout despite the fact that Groves has lost two straight fights by knockout to Carl Froch.
Groves would now like to fight James DeGale if he’s able to capture the IBF title, and if Groves beats WBC champion Anthony Dirrell. Never mind the fact that Groves’ chances of beating Dirrell are slim and none. Groves still dreams of beating Dirrell, and then meeting up with DeGale in a unification match.
“If he [DeGale] wins the IBF title and I win the WBC title, we’ll have a unification fight somewhere down the line. I think that will be the biggest fight in history,” Groves said to espn.co.uk.
The problem with Groves’ vision thing is that it requires too many improbable things to happen before he can faces DeGale in a proposed unification fight. DeGale will need to fight the winner of the Andre Dirrell vs. Dereck Edwards fight. Since I don’t see DeGale beating Dirrell, I can’t see him capturing the IBF title unless the International Boxing Federation just gives DeGale the title outside of the ring rather than making him work for it.
As for Groves, he’ll need to beat WBC champion Anthony Dirrell next year for him to win the WBC title, and that’s not going to happen either. Groves had to struggle to beat the light hitting Rebrasse in their fight last September.
Anthony Dirrell can actually punch, and once he connects with some of his power shots to the chin of Groves, we’re likely going to see Groves down for the 10 count. In other words, I can’t see Groves being able to take Dirrell’s right hands and left hooks for 12 rounds without Groves getting knocked out at some point.
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