Anderson Confident: I'm Going To Smash George Groves!
Kenny Anderson is confident of derailing George Groves' meteoric rise by exacting revenge on the British super-middleweight champion in the duo's rematch in March.
Anderson, from Edinburgh, suffered the only defeat of his 16-fight professional career in November 2010 when Londoner Groves stopped him in the sixth round in Manchester.
The 23-year-old had to work hard for his victory, however, climbing off the canvas in the third round for the first time in his career before sealing the win with a flurry of powerful punches.
Groves has since gone on to claim the British crown with a shock win over Olympic champion James DeGale and also defeated highly-rated Paul Smith to keep hold of his Commonwealth crown.
A world title shot has been mooted for the youngster, but Anderson has told Groves to forget about any lofty ambitions he has as he intends to take his British belt off him in their grudge match at Wembley Arena on March 16 first.
"I remember the first fight very clearly. Everyone saw it, everyone knows what happened, but that's done now," Anderson said.
"I have improved. People might think he is destined to beat me but that will not happen at all.
"This is going to work out for me. I am going to smash him. I am not exactly known for my back-foot style or anything like that, so it will be a knockout. I think he will get smashed pretty early on."
Anderson, who earned a mandatory shot at Groves' British title with stoppages against Joe Rea, Lee Duncan and Paul Morby, will use the defeat in Manchester to inspire him to victory.
"It does come into my head sometimes," he said.
"It was hurtful and I don't want that to happen again. This fight is a chance for me to just show what I can do."
The knock-down is the only minor blot on Groves' undefeated 14-fight record since he turned professional in 2008.
"I made a lot of silly mistakes and I won't be making them again," Groves said.
"It was a very tough test for me. I got into a little war, got hurt, had to dig deep, and basically in the end I ended it with a couple of good punches.
"I've watched the fight back lots of times and every time I say to myself: 'What are you doing?! You are making this so difficult for yourself!'
"He will be frustrated that his claim to fame is that he knocked me down but didn't win. That will be burning inside him but I am looking forward to showing people this is how I should have done it the first time."
[QUOTE=Napalm Death;11700360]Paul Smith was saying the same thing and he got sparked out in 2 rounds.[/QUOTE] What does Paul Smith have to do with anything? Anderson almost KOed Groves and was stopped prematurely.Comment by Gojira on 01-23-2012
Paul Smith was saying the same thing and he got sparked out in 2 rounds.Comment by PDubs on 01-23-2012
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