Following his American televised debut against former IBO Super-Middleweight title challenger Francesco Sierra in a 10 round contest in San Jose, California, George Groves has been forced to postpone (yet again) his forthcoming defence of his Commonwealth and British Super-Middleweight titles.
Groves was due to rematch former victim Kenny Anderson, which had been scheduled on September 14th, but due to a cut over his right eye during the third round of the Sierra contest the bout has been postponed for a second time.
Groves stopped Sierra in the sixth round to take his record to 15-0 with 12 knockouts.
Over the last 12 months, Groves has only fought once, a second round stoppage over former British champion Paul Smith, as he has been cursed with considerable bad luck, suffering hand, back and nose injuries respectively.
Even worse for Groves’ camp, a WBO title shot against Robert Steiglitz, which was scheduled to take place in May in Germany, has seen former IBF Middleweight champ Arthur Abraham take Groves’ place in the opposite corner to Stieglitz this month.
It is depressing, not just to Groves, but to fight fans as well, that such an exciting and talented young fighter in the shape of the 24 year old Groves is forced out of the ring through yet another injury, but as it is due to a cut, his absence will not be too long.
So then we can all see this grudge rematch against the Scotsman Anderson, who Groves has vowed to knock out yet again and cement his status further not only as a top 10 ranked fighter in a talent deep Super Middleweight division but also as a potential heir to Carl Froch.
Get well soon George.
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