Wednesday, August 26, 2009

British Scene Prospect Watch: George Groves

Dave Oakes continues his look at the top young fighters in Britain, with a profile of 21 year old George Groves.

George Groves

One of the most hyped prospects in Britain. He fights in the super-middleweight division and is currently 4-0 with 3 stoppages.

The Positives:

A good all-round boxer with knockout power, especially with the overhand right. He can box off the back foot, counter-punch or lead; he looks at home in the ring and has bags of natural talent. He’s a two time ABA middleweight champion and beat Olympic gold medallist James DeGale on his way to the title in 2006.

The Negatives:

Is guilty of holding his hands too low and getting caught with silly shots, hopefully this will be something he eradicates as he progresses. He’s under contract with David Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions, who’ve not got a television contract now that Setanta have gone bankrupt.

The Future:

Having already demolished former British title challenger Paul Samuels in just his third fight, he seems like the kind of fighter who thrives on a challenge. With this in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him being moved more quickly than most prospects. I could see him challenging for the British title within the next two years.

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Previous Prospect Profiles

Don Broadhurst
Stephen Smith
Ryan Walsh
Jamie Cox

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