George Groves (boxer)

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George Groves
George groves - wembley 2011.11.05.jpg
Groves in 2011
Statistics
Nickname(s) Saint George
Rated at Super-middleweight
Height 5 ft 11 12 in (182 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 29)
Hammersmith,
West London,
England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 25
Wins by KO 18
Losses 3

George Groves (born 26 March 1988) is a British professional boxer. He has held multiple regional super-middleweight championships, including the Commonwealth title from 2010 to 2013; the British title from 2011 to 2012; and the European title in 2014, as well as having challenged three times for a world title between 2013 and 2015. As an amateur, Groves won the ABA middleweight title twice, in 2007 and 2008.

Amateur career[edit]

Groves generally fought in the 75 kilograms (165 lb) division as an amateur and won the Senior ABA championship for his weight in 2006 and 2007.[1] He also fought in championships around the world and won medals in places such as Russia, Estonia, Bosnia, Morocco and the United States.[2] In 2006, he defeated future Olympic and world champion James DeGale and compiled a total amateur record of 66 wins out of 76 fights with 40 stoppage victories.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Groves turned professional on 15 November 2008 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

British and Commonwealth champion[edit]

Groves (right) vs. Paul Smith, 2011

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.[8] 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 Marquez-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.[9]

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.[10] 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."[11]

Groves vs. DeGale[edit]

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.[12]

Changing promoter[edit]

Groves with Adam Booth (centre) and David Haye, 2011

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".[13] 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.[13]

Groves vs. Paul Smith[edit]

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.[14]

Groves vs. Johnson[edit]

After nine months out, Groves returned to the ring in July 2012 knocking out Mexican boxer Francisco Sierra in 2 rounds.[15] In December, Groves fought veteran former world champion Glen Johnson at the ExCel Arena. At the time of the fight, Johnson was 19 years older than Groves. Groves knocked Johnson down in the twelfth round, though Johnson appeared to fall more from being off balance. Groves won a lopsided decision after 12 rounds when the judges scored it (120-107, 120-107 & 119-109). Groves won 35 of 36 scored rounds on the three judges scorecards, gave Johnson a bad beating in the seventh round but the fight was not stopped though it could have been.[16]

Groves fought twice in March 2013. He first knocked out Dario German Balmaceda in round 3 in London, before travelling to Germany two weeks later to stop Baker Barakat in two rounds.

In May, Groves defeated 34 year old Noe Gonzalez Alcoba (30-2, 22 KOs) at the O2 Arena on the undercard of the Froch-Kessler rematch.[17] By doing so, he claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title. Groves landed a right hand in the opening minute of the fifth round which caught Noe Gonzalez coming forward and sent him down for a count of five. Gonzalez made it to his feet, but Gonzalez stood on shaky legs as the referee waved an end to the bout. Gonzalez's corner threw in the towel almost simultaneously with the referee's stoppage.[18]

World title challenges[edit]

Groves vs. Froch[edit]

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.[19] On 17 September, Groves parted ways with trainer Adam Booth.[20] 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.[21][22]

Groves vs. Froch II[edit]

A rematch between Groves and Froch took place on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium on Sky Box Office.[23] 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.[24] 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". In front of 80,000 at the stadium, Froch knocked out Groves in the eighth round, retaining his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles.[25]

Regaining composure[edit]

Groves started rebuilding towards another world title match following Froch's retirement. On 20 September, he won the European and vacant WBC silver super middleweight title after defeating French boxer Christopher Rebrassé via unanimous decision after 12 rounds. The scorecards were 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.

Two months later, Groves was back in the ring at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on the Bellew-Cleverly undercard. Groves knocked down American boxer Denis Douglin in round 7, winning the fight via TKO and also retaining the WBC Silver super middleweight title.[26]

Groves vs. Jack[edit]

On 12 September 2015, as part of the undercard to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Andre Berto, Groves faced reigning WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack. It was Groves' third fight in the US, as well as his third chance at a world title. Going into the fight, old foe James DeGale had voiced his support for Groves, as he himself had become IBF champion four months prior, and was looking forward to a potential rematch with world titles at stake. In the opening round, Jack scored a knockdown against Groves, but the latter was able to recover and rally back in what would become a competitive fight. At the end, the scorecards were split with 115–112 and 116–111 for Jack, and 114–113 for Groves.[27]

Rebuilding career[edit]

Following his third failed attempt at claiming a world title, Groves had to start over. He hired Shane McGuigan as his new trainer. On 30 January 2015 Groves fought at the Copper Box in London against fringe Italian contender Andrea Di Luisa (18-3, 14 KOs). Di Luisa was down and given a count in the 4th round and down again twice in the 5th round before the towel is thrown in from his corner resulting in a TKO victory for Groves.[28]

Groves returned to the O2 Arena for the first time since 2013, on the undercard of Martin-Joshua IBF title match on 9 April. Groves knocked out undefeated David Brophy in round 4. Groves won the vacant WBA international super-middleweight title. With this win, Groves hoped to land a fight with either Martin Murray or Callum Smith next.[29][30]

Groves vs. Murray[edit]

In May, it was announced that Groves would meet domestic rival and former four-time world title challenger Martin Murray in a WBA super middleweight title eliminator on 25 June at the O2 Arena on the Joshua-Breazeale undercard live on Sky Box Office. Both fighters were delighted that the fight was made. Murray made weight on second attempt.[31] After a long battle, Groves defeated Murray via a 12-round unanimous decision. The three judges scored the fight at 118-110, giving Murray only two rounds. Groves hurt Murray with big right hands in rounds 7, 9 and 12. Murray had Groves looking hurt in the 10th after hitting him with a left hook to the head. Both fighters looked tired and ragged in the 12th round. Their conditioning looked less than to be desired at that point in the fight.[32]

Groves vs. Gutknecht[edit]

On 18 November, Groves was set to defend his International title for a second time, this time against German boxer Eduard Gutknecht (30-4-1, 13 KOs). Gutknecht had previously challenged once for the world super middleweight title and once the world light heavyweight title. The fight took place at the Wembley Arena in London. In a one-sided fight, Groves defeated Gutknecht by 12 round unanimous decision title.The judges scored it (119-110, 119-109 and 119-109) all in favour of Groves. Groves showed good boxing skills in surviving an early attack from Gutknecht in the first three rounds. Groves had to take some hard power shots and jabs. In round 9, Gutknecht took a lot of heavy blows from Groves. At the end of the round, Gutknecht’s right eye was badly swollen and almost completely shut. Gutknecht was able to catch Groves with some hard jabs that got his attention in the 9th. Gutknecht was no longer throwing power shots, which at this point was what he needed to win the rounds. Gutknecht collapsed in the dressing room following the bout and was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for swelling to the brain.[33][34]

Fourth world title challenge[edit]

Groves vs. Chudinov[edit]

On 7 December 2016, Groves confirmed via his Twitter account that he will challenge Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title. This would be his 4th attempt at a world title. Although the venue wasn't confirmed via his Twitter, Groves stated he would like to fight in London. Sauerland Events confirmed they had until January 5, 2017 to agree on a deal.[35][36] On 8 April, Kalle Sauerland tweeted that an agreement was signed for the fight to take place in the UK.[37] On 20 April, it was announced that the fight would take place at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on 27 May as part of the undercard of Brook-Spence PPV.[38] A day later, the WBA announced an immediate rematch between their 'Regular' title holder Tyron Zeage and Isaac Epko after their initial fight ended in a technical decision win for Zeage in the early rounds. The winner of both fights would then need to meet in order to decide one titleholder, as part of WBA's plans to reduce the number of world titles per division.[39]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
28 fights 25 wins 3 losses
By knockout 18 2
By decision 7 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
29 N/A N/A Russia Fedor Chudinov N/A – (12) 27 May 2017 United Kingdom Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England For vacant WBA (Super) super-middleweight title
28 Win 25–3 Germany Eduard Gutknecht UD 12 18 Nov 2016 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England Retained WBA International super-middleweight title
27 Win 24–3 United Kingdom Martin Murray UD 12 25 Jun 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBA International super-middleweight title
26 Win 23–3 United Kingdom David Brophy KO 4 (12), 0:47 9 Apr 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBA International super-middleweight title
25 Win 22–3 Italy Andrea Di Luisa TKO 5 (12), 1:55 30 Jan 2016 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, London, England
24 Loss 21–3 Sweden Badou Jack SD 12 12 Sep 2015 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US For WBC super-middleweight title
23 Win 21–2 United States Denis Douglin TKO 7 (12), 2:54 22 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained WBC Silver super-middleweight title
22 Win 20–2 France Christopher Rebrassé UD 12 20 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England Won European and vacant WBC Silver super-middleweight titles
21 Loss 19–2 United Kingdom Carl Froch KO 8 (12), 2:34 31 May 2014 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England For IBF and WBA (Regular) super-middleweight titles
20 Loss 19–1 United Kingdom Carl Froch TKO 9 (12), 1:33 23 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester, England For IBF and WBA (Regular) super-middleweight titles
19 Win 19–0 Uruguay Noé González Alcoba TKO 5 (12), 0:51 25 May 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title
18 Win 18–0 Germany Baker Barakat TKO 2 (8), 2:20 23 Mar 2013 Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany
17 Win 17–0 Argentina Dario German Balmaceda TKO 3 (10), 0:58 9 Mar 2013 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
16 Win 16–0 Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 15 Dec 2012 United Kingdom ExCeL, London, England Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Francisco Sierra TKO 6 (10), 2:15 28 Jul 2012 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, US
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Paul Smith TKO 2 (12), 1:18 5 Nov 2011 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England Retained British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom James DeGale MD 12 21 May 2011 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title;
Won British super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 Ghana Daniel Adotey Allotey TKO 4 (8), 1:53 5 Mar 2011 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, England
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom Kenny Anderson TKO 6 (12), 2:35 13 Nov 2010 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained Commonwealth super-middleweight title
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Alfredo Contreras TKO 6 (8), 0:48 31 Jul 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
9 Win 9–0 Ghana Charles Adamu TKO 6 (12), 2:51 3 Apr 2010 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Won Commonwealth super-middleweight title
8 Win 8–0 Bulgaria Grigor Sarohanian TKO 3 (6) 22 Jan 2010 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, England
7 Win 7–0 Belarus Konstantin Makhankov UD 8 7 Nov 2009 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Lithuania Tadas Jonkus TKO 4 (6), 1:49 16 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Seaburn Centre, Sunderland, England
5 Win 5–0 Latvia Martins Kukulis TKO 5 (8), 2:50 4 Oct 2009 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Hungary Sandor Polgar TKO 1 (6), 1:54 25 Apr 2009 United Kingdom Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Paul Samuels TKO 1 (6), 2:31 28 Mar 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
2 Win 2–0 France Romaric Hignard TKO 3 (6), 1:48 1 Feb 2009 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Lithuania Kirilas Psonko PTS 6 15 Nov 2008 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
James DeGale
ABA middleweight champion
2007, 2008
Next:
Hosea Burton
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Charles Adamu
Commonwealth super-middleweight champion
3 April 2010 – 21 September 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Rocky Fielding
Preceded by
James DeGale
British super-middleweight champion
21 May 2011 – 20 October 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kenny Anderson
Preceded by
Christopher Rebrassé
European super-middleweight champion
20 September 2014 – 3 November 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Hadillah Mohoumadi
Vacant
Title last held by
James DeGale
WBC Silver super-middleweight champion
20 September 2014 – 12 September 2015
Lost bid for world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Callum Smith
Vacant
Title last held by
Frank Buglioni
WBA International super-middleweight champion
9 April 2016 – present
Incumbent