Boxing

Groves gets WBO title shot vs. Stieglitz

The Boxing Tribune Geoff Poundes
Share This Story

   
 

Young gun Englishman George Groves gets an early and surprise chance at a world title when he challenges Robert Stieglitz for the German’s WBO super middleweight title on May 5.

More coverage

For more boxing news and analysis, check out The Boxing Tribune.

The 24-year-old Groves pulled out of a March rematch with Scotsman Kenny Anderson citing back problems, but the rumor mill has been rumbling ever since, suggesting the Stieglitz match was in the works.

Now that the fight has been confirmed, it represents a major opportunity for Groves, who has only boxed 14 times as a professional. He’s unbeaten and holds a highly creditable win over arch-rival James Degale, but is undoubtedly untested even at European level, let alone on the world stage.

Stieglitz is reckoned to be a weak champion in a strong division, which is why the wily Adam Booth, Groves’s trainer and mentor, will have been quick to accept the contest. Stieglitz will be on home soil in the Messehalle, Efurt, and has amassed an impressive looking 41 wins in 43 fights. A closer examination of the 30-year-old’s credentials, however, reveals a disturbing lack of quality opposition, and that includes the six title defenses he’s managed since grabbing the title back in 2009.

Groves and Booth will know that to win in Germany they’ll need to take the issue out of the hands of the judges. Stieglitz has been stopped before, and Groves, who showed how powerfully he punches when knocking out tough-guy Paul Smith in his last fight, has all the tools to make that happen.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Boxing Videos

In Focus: The man trying to save USA Boxing Posted: Jul 12, 2012
From TV tycoon to friend of USA Boxing. Laura Okmin learns how one man is hoping...

Remarkable Moments: Torchbearers Posted: Jul 20, 2012
Peter Schrager on two remarkable moments with Olympic Torchbearers.

Roundtable: How to handle the media Posted: Jul 15, 2012
Maurice Greene, Bryan Clay and Amy Van Dyken discuss how media impacts Olympic a...

Fox Sports Store