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Haye Tips Groves to Beat Dirrell

One fight eagerly waiting for us on the horizon sees George Groves take on Anthony Dirrell for the WBC super-middleweight belt.

Groves, as we already know, has had two failed attempts a winning a world title against Carl Froch, with both attempts ending in disappointment.

In taking on Anthony Dirrell, who has a record that reads 27-0-1 with 22 coming by way of knockout, Groves knows this could be his last chance with it being doubtful he’d get another shot at a world title if he were to lose.

But one Brit who has tasted world title glory, reckon Groves will pull this off having watched the Chelsea supporting boxer spar in Florida, with both Anthony and Andre Dirrell.

David Haye, who appears no nearer to making a comeback, has remarked to the media about Groves chances,

“George has proven to be very good at the highest level.

“In his first fight against Carl Froch, a controversial decision, he hurt Carl Froch, who is arguably the 2nd best super middleweight in the world, obviously behind Andre Ward. So, he’s [Groves] proven he’s world class. He obviously got beat in the second fight by a stoppage, but that’s against a 100 percent Carl Froch. The guy he’s fighting [next] is Anthony Dirrell, who is a very, very good fighter. I was in George’s corner in Miami [in 2011] when these two guys sparred with each other. Anthony and Andre Dirrell – he sparred them both on the same day. He sparred four rounds with Andre Dirrell and four rounds with Anthony Dirrell. He’s been in there and he knows both of those fighters, and he held himself amazingly well; neither of them got the better of him. Andre really put it on him in the first four rounds. He then got in there with Anthony for rounds five through eight, and he really held it together. He showed me in those sparring sessions that he’s the real deal. That showed me there. He was competing against two guys that were really going for him. They were giving it to him. For a guy that they never heard of it was like ‘we’re going to kill this guy,’ but they didn’t. They had a lot of respect for George after that sparring session. It was a great learning experience for George, and I think this will give him an edge going into this fight.”


Does that auger well for George Groves or did, as the Dirrell’s suggest, he looked so green they held back?


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 23 2015

Time: 5:27PM

 

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