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George Groves Shane McGuigan Partnership Gets Off To Impressive Winning Start

by Niall Doran


George Groves made a winning start tonight to his new partnership with renowned young trainer Shane McGuigan (son of famed boxer Barry McGuigan).


Tonight at the Copperbox Arena in London, three-time world super-middleweight title challenger George Groves marked the beginning of a new trainer-fighter partnership with Shane McGuigan in impressive fashion, when he beat Italian Andrea Di Luisa via TKO, improving his record to 22-3 (17KO).

The native Londoner got off to a sharp start, establishing his distance right from the get go, landing some decent jabs and body shots early on, bloodying the nose of Di Luisa in the very first round.

The second round saw Groves really tee off some painful right hands on his Italian counter part, with the Englishman drawing the plodding Di Luisa onto big counters, while peppering him with a long leaver-like jab from a wide stance.


Groves started moving forward with the sounding of the bell for the third round, continuing to control the pace with his his impressive jab.

The 4th round saw Groves land a big hook and stun Di Luisa, forcing the Italian to take a knee and a (debatable) standing eight count, who made it through the round nonetheless.

The 5th round brought about the end for an over matched Di Luisa who got dropped twice (on route to his corner throwing in the towel), first from a body shot that winded him, then by a follow up one-two combination – winning by TKO at one minute and fifty five seconds of the round.

Groves knocked the fight out of the travelling Italian in truth, proving to be too fast, too skillful and too powerful on the night.

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