George Groves (boxer)

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George Groves
George groves - wembley 2011.11.05.jpg
Groves in 2011
Real name George Groves
Nickname(s) Saint[1]
Rated at Super middleweight
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Nationality British
Born (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 27)
Hammersmith, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 21
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

George Groves (born 26 March 1988)[2] is a British boxer. Currently signed to Sauerland Promotion, he is a former amateur champion as well as the former Commonwealth and British titleholder in the super middleweight division. In 2014 he became the European super middleweight champion.

Amateur career

Groves (right) fighting Paul Smith in 2011

George Groves generally fought in the 75 kg category as an amateur and won the Senior ABA championship for his weight in 2006 and 2007.[3] He also fought in championships around the world and won medals in places such as Russia, Estonia, Bosnia, Morocco and the United States.[4] In 2006, he defeated future Olympic champion James DeGale and in total compiled an amateur record of 66 wins out of 76 fights with 40 stoppage victories.[5]

Professional career

Groves turned professional and joined the Hayemaker Promotions stable. His first fight as a professional took place in November 2008 at The O2 Arena, on the undercard of David Haye's win over Monte Barrett with a six round win over Kirill Pshonko.[2][6] His next outing in February 2009, saw him score a third round stoppage over Romaric Hignard in a fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. He followed the victory up in March defeating Paul Samuels at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and in April travelled to Belfast to dispose of Sandor Polgar.[7]

In September 2009, following the collapse of Hayemaker's television deal with Setanta Sports, Groves along with Olympic bronze medalist David Price signed a promotional deal with veteran boxing promoter Frank Maloney who described Groves as "one of the world's best prospects". Despite signing for Maloney however, Groves would continue to be managed and trained by Hayemaker's Adam Booth.[8] On 7 November 2009, following two more professional outings, Groves travelled to Germany and fought on the undercard of stablemate David Haye's WBA title win against Nikolai Valuev, defeating experienced the Konstantin Makhankov in his first fight over eight rounds.[9]

British and Commonwealth champion

Groves' first title opportunity came on 3 April 2010, as part of the undercard of David Haye's first title defence against John Ruiz at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Groves, in only his ninth fight, defeated Charles Adamu via TKO to win the Commonwealth super middleweight title. Groves had dominated the fight, knocking Adamu down once in the first and twice in the fourth before the referee stepped in with nine seconds remaining in the sixth.[10] Groves followed up the win by travelling to Las Vegas in order to gain some higher-profile experience and to fight on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II on 31 July 2010. Groves' opponent, Alfredo Contreras, had a record of eleven wins and seven losses going into the fight, but nonetheless represented a higher level of international journeyman than those Groves had already beaten. The fight was stopped in the sixth round after the referee decided that Contreras was not sufficiently answering back with punches.[11]

On 13 November 2010, Groves made the first defence of his title beating former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kenny Anderson in the sixth round. The fight, on the undercard of David Haye's world title clash with Audley Harrison at the MEN Arena, resulted in a career first knockdown for Groves as he endured his toughest fight to date.[12] On 5 March 2011, Groves defeated Daniel Adotey Allotey at the Huddersfield Leisure Centre, winning by stoppage in the fourth round of what was an eight-round non-title fight. Following the bout Groves said that the fight had been preparation for a potential future clash with British champion and old foe James DeGale, a fight he predicted that he would win. He said "Whether it comes by knockout or points, I don't really care. He knows that I've got his number and he's going to struggle to sleep in the preparation for this fight because he is going to have to be on his brain all the time."[13] On 21 May 2011 at the O2 Arena in London, Groves and DeGale met in a highly anticipated grudge match for the Commonwealth and British super middleweight titles. Groves was declared the winner by majority decision after twelve closely fought rounds. Two judges scored the fight 115–114 in favour of Groves, with another scoring the fight even at 115–115.[14]

Changing promoter

A rematch between DeGale and Groves became a possibility when Frank Warren, DeGale's promoter, announced that he had signed Groves to his stable on a three-year deal. Warren said, "It is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again", adding "The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way".[15] Despite leaving the Hayemaker promotional stable, Groves' manager and trainer Adam Booth announced that the decision to join Frank Warren was in the best interests of Groves' career.[15] In his first fight with Warren on 5 November 2011, Groves beat former British champion Paul Smith in two rounds at the Wembley Arena in London to retain his British and Commonwealth titles.[16]

Froch vs. Groves

In mid-2013 the IBF installed Groves as the mandatory challenger to titleholder Carl Froch, with a bout between them taking place on 23 November 2013 at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester; both Froch's IBF and WBA super middleweight titles were on the line.[17] On 17 September, it was announced that Groves had parted ways with trainer Adam Booth.[18] In the fight, Froch stopped Groves in the ninth round amidst controversial circumstances. Groves was ahead on all three judges' scorecards, having dropped the champion in the first round with a hard counter right hand. Many observers at ringside, including fellow boxers David Haye and Amir Khan, remarked that referee Howard Foster had stepped in too quickly during an exchange in which both fighters landed heavy punches. Given the controversial nature of the stoppage, there were immediate calls for a rematch.[19][20]

Froch vs. Groves II

A rematch between Groves and Froch took place on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium.[21] Froch was quoted that the fight is what the "British public want to see" and that was his reason for taking the option to give Groves a rematch.[22] As in the first fight, Froch's IBF and WBA super middleweight titles were on the line. Prior to the fight, Groves signed with German promoters Sauerland, on what has been described as "a long-term deal". Froch knocked out Groves in the eighth round, retaining his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles.[23]

Professional boxing record

21 wins (16 knockouts), 2 defeats (2 knockouts), 0 draws[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Win 21–2 Denis Douglin TKO 7 (12), 2:54 2014-11-22 Echo Arena, Liverpool Retained WBC Silver super middleweight title.
Win 20–2 Christopher Rebrasse UD 12 2014-09-20 Wembley Arena, London Won EBU and vacant WBC Silver super middleweight titles.
Loss 19–2 Carl Froch TKO 8 (12), 2:34 2014-05-31 Wembley Stadium, London For IBF and WBA (Regular) super middleweight titles.
Loss 19–1 Carl Froch TKO 9 (12), 1:33 2013-11-23 Phones4u Arena, Manchester For IBF and WBA (Regular) super middleweight titles.
Win 19–0 Noe Gonzalez Alcoba TKO 5 (12), 0:51 2013-05-25 The O2 Arena, London
Win 18–0 Baker Barakat TKO 2 (8), 2:20 2013-03-23 GETEC Arena, Magdeburg
Win 17–0 Dario German Balmaceda TKO 3 (10), 0:58 2013-03-09 Wembley Arena, London
Win 16–0 Glen Johnson UD 12 2012-12-15 ExCeL, London Retained Commonwealth super middleweight title.
Win 15–0 Francisco Sierra TKO 6 (10), 2:15 2012-07-28 HP Pavilion, San Jose
Win 14–0 Paul Smith TKO 2 (12), 1:18 2011-11-05 Wembley Arena, London Retained British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles.
Win 13–0 James DeGale MD 12 2011-05-21 The O2 Arena, London Retained Commonwealth super middleweight title.
Won British super middleweight title.
Win 12–0 Daniel Adotey Allotey TKO 4 (8), 1:53 2011-03-05 Leisure Centre, Huddersfield
Win 11–0 Kenny Anderson TKO 6 (12), 2:35 2010-11-13 MEN Arena, Manchester Retained Commonwealth super middleweight title.
Win 10–0 Alfredo Contreras TKO 6 (8), 0:48 2010-07-31 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Win 9–0 Charles Adamu TKO 6 (12), 2:51 2010-04-03 MEN Arena, Manchester Won Commonwealth super middleweight title.
Win 8–0 Grigor Sarohanian TKO 3 (6) 2010-01-22 Brentwood Centre, Brentwood
Win 7–0 Konstantin Makhankov UD 8 2009-11-07 Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg
Win 6–0 Tadas Jonkus TKO 4 (6), 1:49 2009-10-16 Seaburn Centre, Sunderland
Win 5–0 Martins Kukulis TKO 5 (8), 2:50 2009-10-04 York Hall, London
Win 4–0 Sandor Polgar TKO 1 (6), 1:54 2009-04-25 Ulster Hall, Belfast
Win 3–0 Paul Samuels TKO 1 (6), 2:31 2009-03-28 Echo Arena, Liverpool
Win 2–0 Romaric Hignard TKO 3 (6), 1:48 2009-02-01 York Hall, London
Win 1–0 Kirilas Psonko PTS 6 2008-11-15 The O2 Arena, London Professional debut.

Titles in boxing

Regional/international titles:

  • Commonwealth super middleweight title
  • British super middleweight title
  • EBU European super middleweight title
  • WBC Silver super middleweight title

External links

Preceded by
Charles Adamu
Commonwealth super middleweight champion
3 April 2010 – 21 September 2013
Title next held by
Rocky Fielding
Preceded by
James DeGale
British super middleweight champion
21 May 2011 – 20 October 2012
Title next held by
Kenny Anderson
Preceded by
Christopher Rebrasse
European super middleweight champion
20 September 2014 – 3 November 2014
Title last held by
James DeGale
WBC Silver super middleweight champion
20 September 2014 – present


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