George Groves

George Groves is without doubt one of the biggest prospects in British Boxing.

"Saint" George Groves

A stellar amateur career produced nine gold medals for England and two senior ABA middleweight titles for a total record of 66 wins out of 76 fights with 40 stoppage victories. And that’s not to mention his victory over fellow Dale Youth club mate James DeGale in 2006. Or his time in Kickboxing, which included four world junior titles.

Groves turned pro with Hayemaker promotions at just 20 years of age and has already made waves in his pro career with some impressive wins and an exciting new pro style. Indeed, after 12 straight wins out of 12 as a pro, Groves is already Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion.

He marked his arrival in the pro game with a stunning win against well-respected former British title contender Paul Samuels who had been expected to give Groves a stern test in only his third bout. However, Groves put on a superb display to dismantle Samuels inside the first round and confirm his potential. Speaking to Setanta Sports, Groves said “I hope people were impressed. I took the fight tonight although it was a little bit of a step up in class and obviously it’s only my third bout but hopefully I’ve shown people what I’m about – a lot of power and looking to take people out.”

That style has so far brought him 10 stoppages in 12 fights and suggests a healthy transition from amateur to pro, something that doesn’t come easy for every fighter. “Everyone wants to get to and stay at the top in amateur boxing and they develop a style to do so,” says Groves. “It’s more like fencing than boxing. Some boxers are great at it but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll become great pros. Pro boxing is more about show business. It’s more of an event. People want to see a show. There is inside fighting, body shots, and knockouts, that sort of stuff” – Exactly what Groves has shown so far.

One reason Groves has made such quick progress is undoubtedly the quality of sparring he’s been getting, going in with the likes of WBC World Champions Carl Froch and Giacobbe Fragomeni. “I learned how to take a shot from Froch, put it that way. The man is hard. To be able to get in the ring with someone of his calibre is fantastic and it means the world for me.”

Groves was named one to watch in 2010 by Boxing News, and the Saint duly went on to become Commonwealth Champion and the first man to stop Charles Adamu, make his American debut in Las Vegas, and produce a stunning comeback to defeat the previously unbeaten Kenny Anderson in six rounds. 2011 has so far seen him stop Daniel Allotey in four rounds as a clash with James Degale lies round the corner…

Next Fight: May 21st, O2 Arena, London

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2 responses

23 10 2009
mark smith

im a kickboxing instructor from the club gorge started at, he was 8 when i first met him, even then you knew he was special, let me tell you when you take a body shot from him, your ancestors would feel it, by the time george started boxing, he was already a champion, new what it was like to be on the big stage, james has not got the pedigree the will power, or the heart the george has, there can only be one winner, GEORGE THE SAINT GROVES

29 06 2011
Brian

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