Boxing Preview – George Groves vs Badou Jack

Boxing Preview – George Groves vs Badou Jack

Boxing Preview – George Groves vs Badou Jack

The support to the main event at the MGM Grand features an unlikely candidate against a Mayweather fighter. Up for grabs is the WBC World super middleweight championship, which should be enough motivation for the travelling George Groves who seeks to win his first world championship belt. It won’t be easy for Groves as he’ll look to dethrone the current champion, ‘The Ripper’ Badou Jack.

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George Groves is unfortunately known as the man who was knocked out by Carl Froch in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. This has led many to claim he is overrated, however he hasn’t put a foot wrong in his reascension to the top of the division. He looks to finally live up to his talent tonight with a very winnable yet tough challenge ahead. Following his eighth round stoppage to Froch in May 2014, he bounced back with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Christopher Rebrasse in September 2014, before most recently convincingly stopping Denis Douglin in the seventh round in November 2014. He has amassed a record of 21 wins, 16 stoppages and 2 losses, both to Carl Froch.

Groves sports quite an unorthodox style. His guard and movement is quite sharp yet erratic. This allows him to fire off an explosive jab which sets up a solid overhand right hand, often throwing his opponent off. He’s very adjusted to being rough and he’s comfortable in a close exchange. He’s quite athletic also. Groves has shown in his erratic guard that he’s good at defending his sides, but that’s because his guard is wide and thus he’s open in the middle quite often, something was exposed by Froch, especially in the second fight.


It’s crazy how similar Jack’s rise to becoming champions, is to that of Groves’ ascension to receive the challenge. Following a highly touted prospect stage, Jack was knocked out in electric fashion to Derek Edwards, one of the bigger upsets of 2014. He has since earned a strong decision victory against Jason Escalera in August 2014, stopped Francisco Sierra in the sixth round in December 2014 before most recently tearing down the odds and earning a majority decision victory over Anthony Dirrell which is when he won the belt. This took his record to 19 wins, 12 stoppages, 1 loss and 1 draw.

Jack, like his opponent, has a strong jab for a set-up punch which is the product of his very long reach. It’s advantageous for a super middleweight to have his reach which really was a prime tool in his win against Dirrell. Dirrell used his right hand a lot and Jack scored off of that from throwing and landing often a counter right hook, which should work well against Groves’ stinging right hand. Despite his height and reach advantage, he lunges far too often which leave him open. This is especially prevalent in his jab where he drops his hand when returning, leaving him open to the counter right which saw him get pasted by Edwards. Groves’ right hand will be much more dangerous.


Groves has had the experience of a so far short career, yet filled with formidable opposition, only falling to Carl Froch after giving him all he could take in both fights. With that being said, this is still an extremely tough match-up for Groves as Jack has proven himself as a winner on the World stage. That being said, I’m siding with the more talented Boxer and the more fluent and stinging puncher, that being George Groves. The MGM Grand has always been cited as the mecca of Boxing which can often overwhelm those who compete there for the first time, however I’ve seen a more matured and focused Groves since his losses to Froch, especially in the weigh-in and press conference. He’s had the benefit of the huge atmosphere at Wembley which will blow a still unfilled MGM Grand atmosphere out of the water. I think Groves will win the jab battle from the opening bell and whilst some rounds will be incredibly close, I don’t see Groves trying to hard to land a finishing punch for the sake of looking good. He’ll likely stick to a slick Boxing game plan. 2015 has been a great year for British Boxing, and I predict it continues with Groves winning a stylish unanimous decision tonight.

Dan Glozier.

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