Following last Saturday’s bitterly disappointing loss to Badou Jack in Las Vegas, the future looks one of uncertainty for George Groves.
It was ‘The Saints’ third shot at world glory, following back-to-back defeats to Carl Froch, and an opportunity that many believed he would excel in.
However, the champion possessed a fresh aura in his first defence and outlined his intentions with authority from the bell – dropping Groves in the first round.
From then on in, the result seemed inevitable. Groves showcased glimpses of previous brilliance with good movement and solid boxing skills, but ultimately came up against a tough individual.
Jack had been labelled the ‘weak champion’ in the 168lbs division prior to bout, but proved to exceed under the bright Vegas lights.
A split decision was the official result from the three judges, very much to Team Groves’ dismay. They believed their man had done enough to bring the WBC strap back to Britain, as did George who moved to reject all proceeding media engagements through frustration.
Now the question is; where does George Groves go from here? The 27-year old made a statement this week regarding the subject:
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone who showed me so much support for the fight last week, especially the British fans who travelled out for it.”
“Ultimately it doesn’t matter how you lose a world title fight, the feeling is much the same. I lost a split decision as the challenger away from home after being knocked down in the very first round.”
“I came very close to achieving a lifelong goal but it wasn’t to be. I’m now going to spend some time with my family and decide upon my future.”
Few will doubt that Groves has the ability to come again for a fourth world title bid. His star profile makes him a major selling point in the UK and the recent trip to Vegas will have done his American appeal no harm.
What may be questionable is his confidence – following the defeat to Carl Froch at Wembley last May. George has looked a shadow of his former self in three subsequent bouts and, in some quarters, looked weight-drained prior to the Jack fight.
A fresh start with a new trainer may be an option, though Paddy Fitzpatrick is a knowledgeable man with a great boxing brain. Fans on social media are calling for an Adam Booth but will it realistically materialise?
At the age 27 George Groves still has a great deal to offer the sport of boxing. His next step must be one of complete certainty and confidence.
The backing of both Sauerland brothers will ensure an effective plan is implemented, granted the Hammersmith fighter decides to box on.
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