Harry Pratt

Groves, DeGale on same Wembley card


Undefeated super middleweight George Groves will be going back to the future when he defends his British title against Kenny Anderson, at London’s Wembley Arena, on March 16.

Englishman Groves (14-0, 11 knockouts) and Scotland’s Anderson (15-1, 11 KOs) have met before – for the Commonwealth title in November 2010. Groves won a memorable contest that night with a sixth round knockout despite being on the canvas himself in round three.

Since then Groves has slowly but surely climbed the world ladder. The west Londoner, 23, won a majority decision over bitter local rival James DeGale last May, to add the British belt, and six months later stopped countryman Paul Smith in two rounds.

A successful defense against 29-year-old Anderson, from Edinburgh, who has responded to the only reverse of his career by winning three on the spin, could well lead to Groves-DeGale II later in 2012.

Both men are now managed by Frank Warren and, with DeGale (11-1, 8 KOs) the current European holder, a second meeting between the sworn enemies would hold massive box office appeal in the UK.

DeGale, 25, is in action on the same Wembley card as he defends his European belt against Italy’s 36-year-old former WBC titleholder Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1, 13 KOs).


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