Advertisement
Advertisement

Groves: Francisco Sierra Much Better Than Kenny Anderson

By Jake Donovan

A rematch with Kenny Anderson was supposed to have taken place long ago. It’s back on the table for September, provided that George Groves gets past Francisco Sierra in a dangerous tune-up fight tonight in San Jose, California.

Some fighters are cautioned to not look too far ahead, especially in the event of double booked events. That lesson doesn’t need to be preached to Groves. Not only is he more concerned about what is presently in front of him, but doesn’t seem to care at all about what lies ahead with a win tonight.

“This guy is a much better opponent than Kenny Anderson, to be quite honest,” Groves insisted of Sierra during a mid-week media conference call. “It should be a much tougher test.”

The bout airs live on Showtime Extreme in a lead-in broadcast to the main portion of the show at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The show is headlined by hometown favorite Robert Guerrero, who moves up in weight to challenge for an alphabet welterweight belt against unbeaten Selcuk Aydin.

Groves (14-0, 11KO) proved his mettle last year, scoring the two biggest wins of his career in back-to-back fights, though spread six months apart. The bigger of the two was his narrow points win over 2008 Olympic Gold medalist James ‘Chunky’ DeGale in their grudge match last May.

A two-round destruction of Paul Smith came last November, marking Groves’ last fight to date. Plans for a rematch with Anderson – whom he stopped in six rounds in their March ’10 encounter – were scrapped after suffering an injury in training camp.

A rescheduling wasn’t immediately discussed; Groves was named as a challenger to alphabet super middleweight titlist Robert Steiglitz in May. However, an untimely injury killed that fight as well.

Now in his third straight training camp, Groves is anxious to showcase his skills in an actual fight, even against an opponent he views as a viable threat.

“He’s heavy-handed. You don’t get 22 knockouts in 25 fights by accident,” Groves noted of Sierra (25-5-1, 22KO). “He doesn’t just hand out beatings; he comes out and looks for it.”

Groves will make sure to look out for early warning signs and make sure he comes out looking terrific in his first trip back to the United States since a ring appearance two years ago almost to the day.

“I feel great. You can be assured that you’ll see the best of me on Saturday night. It’s been a long time and I just can’t wait to get out there. I’m boxing in America and against a good opponent.”

A win is first and foremost, but leaving a favorable impression on the American boxing scene is important to the 24-year old. A big enough win turns an anticipated rematch in September into a massive event, which would be doubly rewarding to Groves.

For now the focus is winning against a tough opponent, then doing it all again back home.

“The September 14 date is penciled in. It will be at Wembley Arena and will be a big event,” Groves states. “I’m focused on this fight against Sierra on Saturday, but hopefully a deal will be done before the purse bid. Nobody wants it delayed any further than it’s already been.

“Keeping busy and getting in as much action as possible is important to me for this year. I’m looking forward to this and then jumping back into the ring just six weeks later.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-28-2012

George has been far to inactive which can only be blaimed on his management. Not every contest has to be a 12 round championship fight. As Jack"Doc"Kearns stated, to rest is to rust!

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Wlodarczyk Faces Brudov on 3/4, Shumenov in Play For April Abel Sanchez Not Viewing Andre Ward's Inactivity as Advantage Quigg Motivated By Fear of Losing as Frampton Bout Nears Khan: Mayweather, Pacquiao Would Be Easier Than Canelo! Ballisai Replaces Kevin Mitchell in Tatli EBU Title Fight on 3/18 Pungluang Sor Singyu Retains WBO Belt With Technical Nod Win Mayweather Stumped on Who Would Win Fury vs. Wilder Floyd Mayweather: Timing Was Not Right For Amir Khan Bout Roy Jones Jr. and Kevin Mitchell: A Tale of Two Retirements McWilliams Arroyo Creeps In, Eyed For Roman Gonzalez Bout Marquez Says There Have Been Talks For Miguel Cotto Bout Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I? Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand Antonio Orozco-Miguel Acosta Set For 3/25 at Fantasy Springs David Haye Tells Joshua Not To Risk His '0' Before They Fight McGuigan Believes Frampton vs. Quigg is a Crossover Fight Flanagan-Mathews: Zolani Tete To Face Jose Santos Gonzalez Sullivan Barrera: My Goal is To Knock Andre Ward Out! Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner Golovkin Keeps The Line Moving in Supremacy Quest at 160 Boxing Priest Makes Boxing Comeback After 20 Years Arum Spoke To HBO About Making Golovkin vs. Ramirez Jorge Linares Injury Puts Zlaticanin Title Fight In Jeopardy
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement