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Groves: Johnson Fight Could Be a Brutal, Bloody War

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

GEORGE GROVES is hoping he can end the year by punching his way into the world title mix.

Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Groves locks horns with Glen Johnson on December 15.

And he believes that victory against his experienced opponent at London’s ExCel Arena will catapult him towards a world title shot next year.

Londoner Groves is unbeaten in 15 professional fights and said: “I have my sights set on that world title shot.

“Johnson is a great name and it will be a fantastic fight to end the year against a true warrior.

“He will come to fight and there is no way that I am expecting an easy night’s work against him.

“I’m training my guts out for this fight and it could turn into a brutal and bloody war, one that the fans will relish.”

Johnson, 43, is an American-based Jamaican who has won 51 of his 70 paid bouts, 35 of those wins coming by knockout.

Groves said: “It is a massive step up for me in just my 16th fight, so a win against him would be great on my record.”

Promoter Frank Warren said: “It’s a very tough fight for George, there’s no mistaking that.

“Johnson has been around, seen it and done it in a career that has spanned almost 20 years.

“But George is young, fresh, ­talented and hungry and really wants to prove that he’s the next world champion in waiting.”

Johnson’s CV includes victories over major names like Roy Jones, Allan Green and Antonio Tarver.

He also took Carl Froch all the way in the Super Six series last year before losing a points decision.

Groves said: “I’m ready for this fight, ready to step up a level and it is my first test with a world-class fighter.

“No-one has an easy night against him and he’s been rolling back the years, as he showed when pushing Carl Froch all the way.

“A good performance against him will definitely make people notice me.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 11-26-2012

Johnson looked really shop worn in his last outing against Fonfara. I would be very surprised if Groves did not take this one. Love the Road Warrior though. Best of luck to them both.

Comment by taansend on 11-25-2012

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;12736162]With just 15 fights under his belt, no way is Groves ready for a World title shot, unless it's for the worthless WBO strap. He needs another 5-6 contests before going for the genuine article.[/QUOTE] Mick, In the relatively…

Comment by D-MiZe on 11-25-2012

Groves certainly does have the power to hurt Johnson and if he does, he will finish him. But I do see him fighting on the backfoot, happy to counter, depending on how past it Johnson is, Groves' might go on…

Comment by Straightener on 11-25-2012

[QUOTE=Keitha313;12736167]I don't think Groves will want to go all out war with someone like Johnson... Glen has never been cleanly stopped and nothing suggest Groves has that kind of power to do that, I think he will fight on the…

Comment by Red Cyclone on 11-25-2012

[QUOTE=ukalltheway;12736150]Has all the makings of a war. Grooves doesn't like going backwards to much And Johnson doesn't stop I think it may turn into A killer slug fest in the centre of the ring. groves on points for me :boxing:[/QUOTE]…

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